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Who can file a police misconduct complaint?

It seems like you can't turn on the television or read a newspaper these days without seeing information about a police misconduct matter. Some of these instances are downright frightening as they may involve police shooting innocent civilians. You might not think something like this could happen to you or a loved one, but if you or someone you know becomes the victim of police misconduct, you are well within your right to file a complaint.

Basketball player receives $4 million police brutality settlement

A basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks, Sefolosha, received a multimillion dollar settlement related to his alleged police brutality case. The $4 million settlement came as a result of the athlete's accusations that five police officers used excessive force while falsely arresting him. The arrest in question happened outside a nightclub in New York City in 2015.

Profile of a police brutality claim

Imagine you're driving through New York City and you see the flash of red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. An New York Police Department officer is pulling you over for accidentally running through a stop sign. You know exactly what you did wrong, and you're regretting that "Hollywood stop" maneuver you pulled.

Commonly asked questions about excessive force

If you have lived in the Brooklyn area for any amount of time, it is not secret that there is a lack of trust between the community and police officers. In October 2015, the New York City Department of Investigation released a report showing that excessive force is a continuous problem due to lack of training and discipline. It is important to know exactly what excessive force is and when it is appropriate to sue the police.

Could this be a strategy to lower instances of police brutality?

Police brutality has become a serious problem, and a highly debated one, throughout the United States. The situation has gotten even more out of control as police officers have become the targets of violent individuals seeking aggressive retribution. The result has been nervous and trigger-happy cops who are more likely to use brutal and deadly force in situations that normally wouldn't warrant it.

Is racial profiling destroying trust between police and citizens?

You can barely turn on the news in today's world without hearing about an incident between police and minorities, and everyone has an opinion about what happened and how it should be handled. While it may seem cut and dry when you watch the videos online, the reality is often far different than it appears to be. Law enforcement is charged with protecting the people and preserving the peace, but research shows there is huge lack of trust between minorities and law enforcement officers.

What's the difference between a civil right and a civil liberty?

New York residents should know the difference between civil liberties and civil rights. Traditionally, the term civil rights has referred to the right to be free from unequal treatment. This includes freedom from discrimination based on gender, race, sex, etc. in the realms of housing and employment. As for civil liberties, this term refers to the guaranteed human rights and freedoms outlined in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Civil rights also include rights that have been interpreted by lawmakers and courts throughout the years.

When is a police officer allowed to shoot?

When an officer-involved shooting results in a death, there is sometimes a public outcry and divide of support for either party. When the victim is unarmed and not exhibiting aggressive behavior, the sense of injustice felt by many is even greater. With the increase in this type of incident being reported in the news in recent years, more people are left wondering when a police officer is justified in using his or her gun and when that action is unlawful.

4 kinds of police misconduct cases

Section 1983 -- originally included in the Civil Rights Act of 1871 -- is the most important statute that protects the victims of police misconduct. Now, it is featured as Title 42 in the United States Code. This law says that it is unlawful for police officers to deprive individuals of their Constitutional rights or the rights afforded them under federal law.

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