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Qualified Immunity and HB3653 | Facts Matter Moments Podcast

In this episode of Facts Matter Moments, Terry Trueblood, Chairman of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, has a one on one with Dan Hassinger, General Counsel of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police. The topic of this episode is on Qualified Immunity and HB3653. It’s still in play, but there is a task force assigned in Illinois to study the effects and so forth, of qualified immunity.

Qualified Immunity is a legal principle that grants government officials performing discretionary functions immunity from civil suits, unless the plaintiff shows that the official violated “clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.

What does “qualified immunity” mean for the average citizen? What does it mean when they are arrested? What does it do for police officers that may be utilizing that? Dan Hassinger shares his extensive knowledge on the subject.

The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police – Our History

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), founded over 100 years ago in 1915, is the largest enforcement organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. The Illinois FOP is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing over 33,000 active duty and retired police officers – more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide.

The Illinois State Lodge, chartered in 1963, is run by a highly dedicated Board of Trustees and staff who are committed to elevating the law enforcement profession, protecting members’ rights, promoting fraternalism, and raising the value of membership. The Fraternal Order of Police serves as the national and state legislative voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving others. In addition, ILFOP members benefit from a variety of FOP programs and services, including legal defense, accidental death, and disability insurance, peer support, education scholarships, chaplaincy, education and training, and much more.