Zeldin, Hochul And Qualified Immunity

July 20, 2022

Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin is on the campaign trail in the governor’s race, and one big issue for Zeldin is Qualified Immunity. Qualified Immunity prevents police officers and other law enforcement agents, from being personally sued for something that happens in the line of duty. The law allows people who claim to be victims of police misconduct/brutality to file a lawsuit against a department or barracks, but prevents a lawsuit against an officer personally.

Congressman Lee Zeldin and GOP supporter Assemblyman phil Palmesano say that the Democrat Socialists in NYC, got rid of qualified immunity there, causing a lot of officers to retire early. Palmesano also noted that New York City Dems tried unsuccessfully to pass it statewide, a few weeks ago. Zeldin and Palmesano both maintain that the governor is not really against the idea of passing it. “When asked, the governor just dodges the question and won’t commit,” Palmesano told Wlea News. “Her spokespeople say Hochul will take a look at the bill, if it’s given to her. That’s not what law enforcement needs to hear, they need to hear that the governor has their backs.” From the NY Post: “When asked by The Post for clarification on the governor’s position, a spokesperson declined to elaborate, saying only that Hochul ‘will review the legislation if it passes both houses.’ The spokesperson would not provide a direct answer when pressed Tuesday on whether Hochul would veto or sign such a bill.”

From Lee Zeldin’s Twitter Page: “Qualified immunity should absolutely not be eliminated for law enforcement. Our amazing men and women in blue should be allowed to do their jobs without worrying about being personally sued wrongly!”