Most people know that the Victims Rights Industry exists to troll lay people into think that lawyers care about them. In reality it is a way for lawyers to earn money writing briefs without having to be accountable to actual clients. The lay people contribute to their organizations.
Now, it comes as no shock the Victims Rights Industry doesn’t care too much about two things. 1) Qualified Immunity; and 2) lying cops.
Now, I don’t have too much of a problem with qualified immunity as a defense to a § 1983 action. Sometimes good cops have to make snap judgments. And sometimes those judgments will violate someone’s constitutional rights. However, someone has been victimized here. Shouldn’t they get some compensation for it? In essence, when a cop asserts qualified immunity he is admitting that someone’s rights were violated (at least for the purpose of summary judgment), but saying that there is nothing that can or should be done about it. This is sort of like what happens when someone asserts an insanity defense. There is still a crime, a violation of some “right” and a victim, but for some reason the Victims Rights Industry doesn’t care about violations of “rights” by cops.
Now, most people know that cops lie. Some departments lie a little. Some lie a lot. Everyone tolerates some lying. (Hell, if society didn’t tolerate some lying, large law firms would have to take resumes from people from low-ranked schools seriously, which, thankfully, they don’t.) But, “Copsbusters” seems to delight in showing the ways in which cops lie about “confidential informants.” The Victims Rights Industry doesn’t seem to care about these kinds of victims.