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NEW YORK STATE OF POLITICS: Lawmakers push back on Hochul’s reluctance to end qualified immunity:

January 25, 2023

People who have been treated unfairly by public officials without legal recourse argue more accountability for all officials will improve public safety, and Hochul’s position on the proposal doesn’t make sense.

“Gov. Kathy Hochul has said that no one should be above the law and public safety is her top priority, but then yesterday said she opposed the bill to end qualified immunity,” said VOCAL-NY leader Tracie Adams. “Gov. Hochul, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t say that the officers should have immunity from accountability and that we must hold them accountable. If you are truly on the side of safety and accountability, you must support to end qualified immunity.”

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