As police brutality and police killings continue to increase and be caught more and more on video, the governor of New Mexico wants to officially make police officers above the law. Of course, officers are rarely held accountable for their illegal actions anyway, even when they kill unarmed people who are obeying orders.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is pushing legislation that would make law enforcement officers basically immune to any type of punishment for their actions in the line of duty. Martinez said the bill would not shield officers who intentionally disregard internal law enforcement policies and training, reported the Albuquerque Journal.
“I don’t believe that police officers should be under this constant threat of lawsuits that will often cause them to pause,” Martinez said. “If they’re following their training, there should be something that protects them.”
Martinez tried to convince people this would be a good thing because their tax money would no longer go to pay lawsuits from police brutality and killings. What she did not mention is that people will not be able to sue cops anymore if they beat or kill their innocent family members for no legitimate reason.
“This bill would protect citizens and law enforcement officers from the massive payouts that taxpayers are giving crooks and thieves who are hurt or injured by police officers who are doing their job,” Martinez told the Albuquerque Journal.
The Albuquerque police department is known for its pattern of excessive violence, and many critics are calling this unconstitutional.
“Standing up for officers who are using excessive force and violating the Constitution is exactly the wrong way to move,” said Steven Robert Allen of the American Civil Liberties Union in New Mexico.