Hello everyone, the letter below is an open letter to Scott Perry, asking him to end qualified immunity. I run a professional service on Fiverr writing advocacy letters online, however, if you’re letter is on THIS issue I’ll partner with you and write for free! So let me know, thanks,
Dear Representative Scott Perry,
My name is David B. Beaver, and I am a new constituent of yours who just moved into Mechanicsburg, PA, although I was here and a constituent of yours years ago.
In any case, I wanted to write to you today about a particular pressing matter that is near and dear to my heart. I am sure you’re more than familiar with the events that have transpired across the country following the death of George Floyd at the hands of former Officer Derek Chauvin. The truth, while the media may be popularizing this incident at this time, this kind of thing has been going on for years. There have been countless cases of police officers who have taken up arms against citizens and in so doing, denying their right to due process as guaranteed by the U.S constitution. Police officers do not have the right to play judge, jury, and executioner in the field, and I feel this issue needs to be addressed.
I am curious about what reforms you are supporting. However, I think this begins with accountability. The U.S constitution guarantees us equality under the law through the provision of the 14th amendment. The equal protection clause states that the law cannot treat one set of citizens one way and another group in another way. If an electrician can be held accountable for providing poor service to the extent that a citizen is injured or even killed, so should a police officer.
I am asking you to support and co-sponsor Justin Amash’s bill “The End Qualified Immunity Act” and do away with this injustice once and for all. I would like to ask you if you can point me to a single federal statute or piece of legislation, which you support, that allows for qualified immunity. As I’m sure you are aware, it is a judicial creation, but one that has been neglected for years by the limited interpretation of case law. It has shielded government officials from justice, and we have seen that it leads to corruption and violence. The constitutional duty of our legislative branch is to counteract this injustice, which was created by the courts. So Represent Perry, I am respectfully asking you to do so, even at the risk of defying your political peers. I remind you, sir, with all due respect that your first duty is to the constitution and the individual liberties of your constituents. We cannot continue to allow police officers to murder our citizens in cold blood, much less without a trial by jury, as is our constitutional right.
I understand the burden this would create for police officers, especially at first. However, first, it is necessary. Police officers should be required to carry insurance like any citizen who performs in a job that places the people they serve at risk. That includes those accused of a crime. The cost of liability insurance would deter misconduct and police officers who have a history of it. Meanwhile, the laws of what’s fair and what’s not in civil rights violations and police violence could be determined by case law through civil suits, as is the intension of our system.
Surely you can see sir that qualified immunity has only led to corruption and violence. It is not just a disservice to our communities, citizens, and victims of police brutality. It is also a disservice to officers who honor their position through their conduct and service. Our broken system has forced even them to tolerate this misbehavior in their names because of our broken system. It needs to be fixed, as our courts were designed to do.
With respect, but also urgency Representative Perry, I am asking you to end qualified immunity now. I look forward to your response and thank you for your time.
-David B. Beaver.