End qualified immunity in Connecticut

Case Studies

Bills and Legislation



(2/4legislation passed)

  • Ends Qualified Immunity for all law enforcement officers

    No. The statewide law allows qualified immunity to be used as a defense when “at the time of the conduct complained of, the police officer had an objectively good faith belief that such officer's conduct did not violate the law."

  • Ends Qualified Immunity for all public employees

    No. The statewide law does not end qualified immunity for all public employees.

  • Ends Qualified Immunity for all state constitutional violations

    Yes. The statewide law states, "No police officer, acting alone or in conspiracy with another, shall deprive any person or class of persons of the equal protection of the laws of this state, or of the equal privileges and immunities under the laws of this state, including, without limitation, the protections, privileges and immunities guaranteed under article first of the Constitution of the state."

  • Ends monetary caps on all public liability amounts

    Yes. The statewide law does not place a monetary cap on public liability amounts.


(1.5/5legislation passed)

  • Implements a failure-to-intervene clause

    No. The statewide law has no mention of peace officers being civilly liable for failing to intervene.

  • Guarantees that victims are compensated the full amount awarded

    Yes. The statewide law states, "In an action under this section, each municipality or law enforcement unit shall protect and save harmless any such police officer from financial loss and expense, including legal fees and costs, if any, arising out of any claim, demand or suit instituted against such officer by reason of any act undertaken by such officer while acting in the discharge of the officer's duties."

  • Starts attorney fees

    No. The statewide law includes attorney fees, however, “may” is not strong enough to meet our standard that the plaintiff must receive compensation for their attorney fees.

  • Starts holding individual employees accountable

    No. Policy does not ensure that an officer is held individually accountable.

  • Starts disclosing public records

    Partially Meets Standard. Although Section 1-210 of Connecticut's Freedom of Information Act makes it more challenging to obtain public records, the precedent in the state ensures that requests for records are generally granted. However, due to limitations on this, such as a state trooper contract that only makes records accessible if the complaints are sustained (which most are not) means that this only partially meets our standard.

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