Reuters wins award for exposing Supreme Court protection of police

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The Sidney Hillman Foundation announced that Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jackie Botts, and Guillermo Gomez of Reuters have won the June Sidney Award for Shielded: For Cops Who Kill, Special Supreme Court Protection.The investigation includes a groundbreaking data analysis that shows how the Supreme Court has honed the doctrine of qualified immunity to make it almost impossible to sue police officers for excessive force.Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine that says that police officers can’t be sued for their actions on the job, unless they break a “clearly established” federal law. The doctrine was intended to protect public officials from…

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