SCOTUS Rules Police Officers Can't Be Sued For Miranda Warning Violation

June 25 2022

In a conversation with MSNBC's Tiffany Cross, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, the CEO of the Center for Policing Equity, discussed how the recent Supreme Court decision to limit Miranda rights will disproportionately impact Black and Brown individuals. He highlighted the historical context of the right to sue law enforcement, which was established in 1871 during the Reconstruction era through the Ku Klux Klan Act. This act enabled Black Americans to hold police officers accountable for voting rights and abuse, protecting them from racial terrorism. Dr. Goff emphasized the importance of individuals understanding their rights and recognizing whether they are being detained or free to go. He also encouraged people to organize outside of electoral politics and protest against this Supreme Court ruling.

From the coverage: “Miranda rights are designed to make sure we are aware of your fifth and sixth amendment rights. Your right to not incriminate yourself and your right to counsel. This decision creates and removes the protections against law enforcement doing even more dastardly things as they think to interrogate you, detain you, all of the things where we want them to be bound by the constitution.”

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