When a person receives a prison sentence, this does not negate his or her civil rights. In fact, as the American Civil Liberties Union points out, the U.S. Supreme Court has explicitly stated people in prison still have the same fundamental rights protected by the Constitution as those who are not incarcerated, including the right to have legal representation and access to the court system.
Like many New Yorkers, you feel some anxiety when you interact with police officers. For most encounters, though, you can rely on law enforcement personnel to behave professionally. Still, occasionally officers use their badges to harass and intimidate.
If there is something that seems like it shouldn't happen, it's the shielding of records that should be available to the public. In New York, the top court determined that it would continue to shield the police misconduct records from the public.
False imprisonment is something that violates your civil rights. Interestingly, false imprisonment happens more often than you may think.