Qualified Immunity

Every day, law enforcement officers work to keep Louisiana communities safe. Unfortunately, officers are often faced with dangerous, rapidly evolving situations where they are forced to make split-second decisions to save lives.

Recognizing the perilous and extraordinarily unique circumstances that officers face, the courts provided them with a limited type of immunity commonly referred to as “qualified immunity.” For qualified immunity to apply, the officer must act in good faith and meet other requirements. As a result, this immunity only applies in very limited circumstances, and it is by no means absolute. Officers who violate clearly established statutory or constitutional rights can still be held accountable for their actions.


What is qualified immunity?
What does qualified immunity NOT protect?
Qualified immunity vs. other legal immunities
Qualified immunity in the courts
Practical effects of qualified immunity
How can we ensure qualified immunity does not protect bad officers?