Glenn Reynolds in USA Today: “Looking for ‘solutions’ to mass killings? Start with punishing failure.“:
Since then, weâ€™ve had a lot of what the father of genuine hero Borges, according to the family’s lawyer, calls â€œbubblegum hero stuff.â€ But thereâ€™s been no accountability for the adults whose incompetence, or worse, made this slaughter possible. And, as with the earlier examples above, thatâ€™s par for the course. Over and over again, when the government fails, there are no consequences for those overseeing the failing.
No. When they screw up, we pay. Accountability for thee but not for me. Glenn Reynolds has spoken out against qualified immunity repeatedly. I read this weekend about the idea that absent qualified immunity, officers would have to carry insurance, like doctors do. Or more likely their departments would carry insurance for them. This would give better incentives for agencies to weed out bad cops. Sounds feasible to me. But would it work in practice? Does malpractice insurance weed out bad doctors?