Black Lives Matter Grassroots Calls for an End to Qualified Immunity After the Successful Verdict of the Andrew Joseph III Case

A 10-Person Jury Ruled in the Favor of the Family of 14-Year Old Andrew Joseph III in Joseph v. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The Family Was Awarded $15 Million in the Wrongful Death Case.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Thursday, Sep. 22, in response to the ruling, Black Lives Matter Grassroots, which has been supporting the Joseph family since 2015, calls to end qualified immunity, the legal doctrine which shields law enforcement officers from being held accountable.

Last week, Black Lives Matter Grassroots and 12 Justice families, whose loved ones were victims of police brutality, called for an end to qualified immunity during Andrew's trial, and now that Andrew's family won the case, this will bring more awareness and support toward ending qualified immunity.

The call to action was made when Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) reintroduced the Ending Qualified Immunity Act last year. The act would eliminate qualified immunity and enable accountability when police officers violate people's legal and constitutionally secured rights.

Justice would mean that Andrew Joseph III was still alive, stepping into young adulthood with the whole world and every possibility before him. Justice would mean that 98 additional Black children were not forced to bear the wounds of racial profiling, criminalization, and a system of policing that despises and harms them. Justice would mean that Black children can be children who live in joy, and get to celebrate, and run and laugh at Student Day at the state fair, and everywhere else freedom takes them.

"Andrew Joseph III should be with us today," said Melina Abdullah, Director of Black Lives Matter Grassroots.

Black Lives Matter Grassroots 

The mission of Black Lives Matter Grassroots (BLMGR) is to support, sustain, and uplift the necessary agitations, mobilizations, community organizing, and initiatives of Black Lives Matter chapters to fulfill our sacred duty to advance Black liberation. #BlackLivesMatter was birthed to end state-sanctioned violence against Black people. Black Lives Matter Grassroots is a collective of 26 chartered chapters globally working on the ground since 2013. 

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