First tripartisan bill in modern American history gains sponsors
Greenville SC. June 14, 2020. Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), the first Libertarian ever to hold a seat in congress, has gained both Democratic and Republican sponsorship for his bill to end qualified immunity, a policy which has shielded police from civil liability for excessive use of force. Its passage would enable families, such as that of the late George Floyd, to sue for damages.
Libertarian presidential nominee Dr. Jo Jorgensen welcomes and supports the Amash bill.
“Qualified immunity dangerously perverts the incentives of our public servants and leads to incidents like the killing of George Floyd, along with numerous other victims of police brutality,” she said.
With the co-sponsorship of “squad” member Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Republican Rep. Tom McClintock (Calif.), it may be the first tripartisan bill ever introduced in the House.
“An ordinary citizen can be sued for millions of dollars for causing a wrongful death,” said Jorgensen. “But not so, with a government employee. Letting them off the hook is just plain wrong.”
Dr. Jorgensen also expressed her support of the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act, which would ban no-knock raids, introduced by Republican Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.).
“No-knock raids go against everything America stands for, and have resulted in the death of scores of innocent Americans,” said Jorgensen. “We must abolish this despicable practice.”
Dr. Jo Jorgensen is the 2020 Libertarian Party presidential nominee, and was the party’s 1996 vice-presidential nominee. She is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, and senior lecturer at Clemson University. She holds a MBA and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.