Legal Issues Facing Police: Civil Liabilities & Lawsuits


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Why might the qualified immunity defense be invoked?

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1. Why might official immunity be invoked?

2. The federal law that allows lawsuits against the police for civil rights violations is _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo gauge your understanding of civil liabilities and lawsuits against police. You will be quizzed on the legal basis for civil rights lawsuits against police and defenses available to officers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • When police can use the qualified immunity defense
  • When police can use the official immunity defense
  • Legal names of parties in a civil lawsuit
  • The burden of proof in a civil lawsuit

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on police civil liabilities and lawsuits
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding lawsuits against police officers
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about civil liabilities and lawsuits against police

Additional Learning

To learn more about civil lawsuits against police officers, review the corresponding lesson on Legal Issues Facing Police: Civil Liabilities & Lawsuits. This lesson will help you:

  • Know the federal statute that serves as the basis for lawsuits against police for civil rights violations
  • Understand the circumstances under which civilians can sue police officers
  • Distinguish between defenses available to police officers in civil lawsuits
  • Learn some common examples of civil rights lawsuits against police officers