New Mexico ends qualified immunity for all government workers
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed a bill Wednesday ending qualified immunity for all government workers, including police.
Grisham signed the New Mexico Civil Rights Act, which ends the use of qualified immunity as a defense for depriving a person of their civil rights, her office said.
Qualified immunity shields state and local police from civil suits unless they violated a clearly established constitutional right, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
New Mexico is the first state to end qualified immunity for all public bodies, the New Mexico House Democrats said on Twitter. However, it is not the only state to end the practice in some capacity.
Colorado banned the use of qualified immunity for police officers in June. New York City also ended qualified immunity for New York Police Department officers late last month.
The bill permits “an individual to bring a claim against a public body or person acting on behalf of or under the authority of a public body for violation of the individuals’ rights, privileges or immunities arising pursuant to the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of New Mexico,” according to its text.
These entities cannot “enjoy the defense of qualified immunity for causing the deprivation of any rights, privileges or immunities secured by the bill of rights of the constitution of New Mexico.”
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