Taking qualified immunity from police will leave them too afraid to enforce the law, Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development secretary, told Newsmax TV.
Qualified immunity makes government officials, such as police officers, immune from civil lawsuits except in cases where the officer violated a "clearly established legal or constitutional right, according to the Cornell Law School.
"If you don't give police some type of qualified immunity, they'll be sued for everything they do that someone doesn't agree with. They'll be virtually paralyzed. You can't do that," Carson told Wednesday's "Spicer & Co."
"The vast majority of police officers are very decent people ... The important word I said there is 'people'," Carson said. "Every day, they get up, they put their uniform on, they go out of that door, their husband or wife doesn't know if they're going to be coming back. It's a very stressful job."
Carson said he's been hearing too many stories over the last few weeks of police officers resigning due to the stress of the job.
"What happens if we have mass resignations, if we don't have people joining police forces? Then I think some of the radicals who want to get rid of police will get exactly what they want, total chaos," Carson said.
He also praised President Donald Trump for signing an executive order that establishes a database to track officers with records of excessive use-of-force.
"I think everybody recognizes that we don't want rogue police going from one jurisdiction to another jurisdiction," Carson said.
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