LYNCHBURG, Va. – Virginia’s NAACP state chapter is launching a campaign to end qualified immunity in the Commonwealth.
Reginald Herndon, president of Campbell County’s chapter, backs the idea saying the incident between Windsor police and a U.S. army officer hurts the relationship between police and citizens.
“We think this sets things back instead of forward,” said Herndon.
He believes one way to rekindle that bond is to eliminate qualified immunity.
“I think everyone needs to be held accountable, as well as being transparent. If we want to try and improve it, we have to be real with each other,” said Herndon.
However, Carrie Dungan, Lynchburg Police spokesperson, argues there are policies already in place without eliminating qualified immunity.
“Qualified immunity only applies to those instances for which a precedent has not already clearly been established. If there’s already a clearly established precedent and an officer violates it, they’re held accountable.”
Dungan said the immunity protects officers from being personally liable.