If a federal official violates your rights, your options for legal recourse are woefully limited. The Supreme Court has chipped away at the one ruling that gave us an ability to hold federal officials accountable for constitutional violations.
Too often, officials don’t have to face the consequences of their actions. Weak anti-corruption laws riddled with loopholes allow wrongdoers in our government to skirt accountability. And when strong rules do exist, they are often not enforced. It’s a central tenet of our democracy: Nobody should be above the law. Exposing corruption and advocating for change, we are pushing our leaders to pass anti-corruption laws with real teeth — and to enforce them.
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What’s at Stake
Serious misconduct is prevalent within Customs and Border Protection, the largest law enforcement agency in the country. Yet officers face few repercussions for physical abuse and harassment.
Many of the government officials who engaged in the events of January 6, 2021, have faced no accountability. But there is a tool in the Constitution that could be used to prevent those who engaged in insurrection from returning to public office.