Police misconduct in the United States isn’t something new, unfortunately. Offending officers have taken advantage of the public by way of harassment, drug dealing, fraudulent claims, and using their power in situations yielding deadly consequences. In a USA Today investigation, over 85,000 law enforcement officers have been either investigated or disciplined in the last decade alone. Many of these misconducts have been reported, but never seen by the public, and oftentimes hidden or even destroyed. It was George Floyd’s death in 2020 that brought many of these concerns to the surface and reopened wounds of injustice and violence in the nation. In response to police brutality, advocate organizations dedicated to ending such violence have grown all over the country.

Organizations Against Police Brutality

Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB), is an organization based in the Twin-Cities of Minnesota that fights against police brutality day to day. “Our overriding goal is to create a climate of resistance to abuse of authority by police organizations and to empower local people with a structure that can take on police brutality and actually bring it to an end.” This includes supporting victims (and families of victims) of police brutality, such as shootings and deadly force. CUAPB has established a 24-hour crisis hotline for reports of abuse and is currently working on requiring officers to carry personal liability insurance. If an officer is or has been engaged in misconduct, the insurance premium would go up and eventually, the officer would no longer be allowed on the force.National Police Accountability Project

Another organization fighting against police brutality is The National Police Accountability Project (NPAP). The NPAP is an organization of the National Lawyers Guild that aims to keep law enforcement accountable for their actions and violations throughout the entire country. Created in 1937, the NPAP was the “first racially integrated national bar association.” NPAP is fighting to end all police brutality through the legal system in the courtroom, public education, and legislative action.

 

New York based non-profit, Communities United for Police Reform, is a campaign aiming to end discriminatory and abusive police actions in New York City. The organization fights in the court system, empowers communities with education on laws and rights, and organizes civic engagement.

Sadly, police brutality and misconduct extends into our nation’s prison system as well. Reports of excessive violence in an Alabama state prison in 2020 exposed what happens behind bars. From examining testimonials, videos, emails, and documents, it was found that officers were in violation of constitutional rights, as well as inhumane practices. Such groups as Houston Peace and Justice Center and the Prison Policy Initiative fight to end police brutality in prisons as well as advocate for victims and families of police brutality. Over in Los Angeles, jails are seeing alarming amount of cases from death from fentanyl overdoses, illustrating the new for not only police reform, but jail reform as well.

Although progress is slow moving, these organizations are just the tip of the iceberg. Many more exist and are growing each year. The fight against wrongful police shootings, unjust practices, deadly force and police abuse is becoming well-known public information thanks to organizations like these. The fight to continue pursuing justice is just beginning.

 

Southern California Attorney Specializing in Police Brutality

While we can only commend these organizations for being pillars of change in a time that is so needed, we can’t always wait for justice. If your loved one was unjustly harmed or seriously injured by police or in-custody, the civil rights attorneys at Sehat Law Firm want to hear your case and help you find the justice your loved one deserves.