In 2020, The Fourth Amendment Alliance issued The Supreme Court Challenge.
In 2021, we issued The Legislatures Challenge.
For courts to be honest about violations of civil rights and liability for damage done, we must elevate the professionalism of police officers and protect officers and citizens with a financial safety net.
PART ONE: REQUIRE $1Million OF INDEMNITY INSURANCE FOR ALL OFFICERS, TO PROTECT OFFICERS AND CITIZENS
This is required for two reasons:
1) Police powers are significant, and the potential for damage to citizens from civil rights violations is significant. It happens; maliciously, inadvertently and negligently. We have all seen too many videos, and nobody wants to be next.
2) When a financial safety net is in place, the Supreme Court can once again be honest about liability, and award remedies for violations.
Observe that some states already require indemnity insurance, and some even require the $1Million minimum. Bravo.
This coverage must be uniform nationwide and individually purchased.
Important question: Will this cause a flood of new claims? No. Thousands of claims are currently just settled out of court and hidden quietly behind "confidential settlements". Taxpayers pay the claims. Professional indemnity insurance will just shine a light on abuses, and on serial civil rights abusers.
Citizens and taxpayers win. A common sense upgrade to improve the system for the modern era.
PART TWO: STATES MUST REQUIRE OFFICERS TO HAVE INITIAL AND ONGOING EDUCATION IN CIVIL RIGHTS
Civil rights are written in the Constitution, the highest of all laws. Officers must know the rights of citizens first, before learning other laws they might enforce. Then officers must regularly demonstrate that they know American civil rights through Continuing Education, just like other professional careers. The rights of citizens are too important, and abuses of police powers too damaging to citizens, to not do this.
PART THREE: STATES MUST AMEND OR ELIMINATE IMPRECISE LAWS THAT ARE IMPROPERLY CITED AS EXCUSES TO ABUSE CIVIL RIGHTS
Laws must be clear and specific about what is a crime. The practice of using imprecise laws for legal system bullying, for "arrest and accuse" policing, must end.
* Preserving America's Constitutional civil rights requires these three simple things, so that courts can be honest about violations of civil rights, and courts can award restitution to citizens when rights violations damage lives without directly damaging individual officers. *
Simple. Honest. Fair.