Part I of this comment will examine the cultural and legal approach to high-speed pursuits exemplified in Los Angeles—the national center of televised car chases. Part II will unpack the thorny judicial doctrine of qualified immunity and evaluate how it impacts the incentives and accountability of police pursuits. Part III will examine who pays for the lawsuits that survive qualified immunity and the role insurance companies have in the facilitation of police reform. In Part IV, this comment will examine the qualified immunity bills in New Mexico and Colorado, the nationwide example they set, and the pushback they have received. In Part V, this comment will address Customs and Border Protection’s record of deadly pursuits and their 2023 change in policy. In Part VI, this comment will examine the end of Bivens actions and the hole left in accountability and justice for pursuit victims.
Twisted Machines: Police Pursuit Policy and Accountability,
44 J. Nat’l Ass’n Admin. L. Judiciary
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