Types of Police Misconduct
Police abuse of their authority takes many different forms. There does not need to be violence involved to constitute a major civil rights violation. To spot these forms of misconduct, first you must know your rights and how to exercise them.
Police Harassment: An officer continuously pulls you over or stops you on the street for arbitrary reasons, creating a pattern of abuse that can be considered harassment.
Police Shooting: It seems like every day we hear of the tragic increase in police shootings. Firing a weapon should be a last resort but all to often it is not. Many lives have been lost due to this unnecessary violence.
Excessive Force (Non-Lethal): There is a thin line between lawful and excessive force, but when an officer crosses that line to restrain a suspect, the consequences can be dire. The prevalence of cell phones cameras has brought this problem out into the light, but the violence still continues.
Wrongful Arrest, Search & Seizure: You would think that the police were at least familiar with the 4th Amendment while enforcing the law, but sometimes that is not the case. Some officers will ignore your rights and conduct warrantless searches without probable cause or hold an individual against his or her will without legal justification.
Police Tasing Abuse: When is it necessary to tase a suspect to apprehend them and when is it excessive force? More and more, law enforcement officers are relying on their tasers to restrain citizens, not all of whom particularly deserve a whopping 50,000 volts to their nervous system.
K-9 Dog Maulings: Police K-9s are not trained to play nice and could easily leave you with long term scars and injuries. Was your crime so heinous you deserved a mauling by a large German Shepard? In some cases, probably not.