Officers whose conduct violates the “objectively reasonable” standard may nevertheless be relieved from personal liability in a civil suit under the doctrine of qualified immunity. Government officials performing discretionary functions, are generally shielded from personal liability for civil damages if their conduct does not violate “clearly established” statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.
* March 2017, by Stephen Thayer on behalf of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund. This document is provided as a summary overview. Contact your attorney for detailed guidance. Also, refer to related documents on our website, www.policedefense.org