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Police Misconduct

Police misconduct is a leading cause of wrongful convictions

Police misconduct is a leading cause of wrongful convictions in New York and across the country, according to a 2020 study. The research was conducted by the National Registry of Exonerations, a project that collects data on wrongful convictions to prevent future cases of injustice. Police misconduct For the study, researchers analyzed 2,400 convictions of defendants who were later exonerated over a period of three decades. They found that 35% of cases involved some sort of police misconduct, such as falsifying evidence, witness tampering or violent interrogations. More than half involved...

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Police killings in New York and why people don’t report them

Police brutality is a problem that has been around for many years. However, it seems to be evolving as time goes on. There have been several high-profile police killings in the past few years, but many more that have not been reported. How do police killings occur? There are a variety of ways police killings can occur, and one of the most common is through the use of excessive force. This can happen when police officers are trying to subdue a suspect, and they end up using more force than necessary. In some cases, police officers may also shoot and kill suspects who are unarmed or pose no...

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What is the psychology behind police brutality?

Police misconduct and brutality is a common problem in New York. Sadly, it’s often directed at people of color, who are not treated the same way as those who are white. Here is how to understand the psychology behind the matter. How police brutality impacts Black people For years, police brutality has shown its ugly face against people of color (POC), especially those who are Black. Two notable cases involved George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, who were both killed by police in 2020. George Floyd was killed after an officer knelt on his neck for over nine minutes. Floyd pleaded and said he...

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Issues disabled people deal with while in contact with the police

Getting pulled over by the police in New York is a stressful time for anyone. Unfortunately, this stressful situation is often worse for disabled individuals. In some cases, law enforcement can misread someone's disability as criminal behavior. Disabled people could be accused of a crime, such as DUI or resisting arrest, that they did not commit. Difficulty hearing law enforcement's commands Many civil rights or police misconduct matters involve commands given to civilians. If someone is deaf, these people won't be able to hear an officer's commands. Similar situations happen when a disabled...

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New York justice reforms could affect civil rights cases

Since the death of George Floyd more than two years ago and the subsequent arrest and conviction of the police officers responsible for the incident, the New York state legislature has enacted several bills that protect the civil rights of those arrested in the state. In addition, New York's governor has signed several executive orders that may also help those unlawfully detained or abused by police. New York laws that could help your civil rights case One of the most significant state laws affecting police misconduct cases involves the disclosure of police disciplinary records in certain...

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What to know about filming police activity

Police bear a commitment to serve and protect. Nonetheless, some of them violate our rights. When law enforcement brutality occurs, Americans suffer at the hands of government officials. We must stop this injustice. One method of fighting back against police misconduct is by filming. The video we capture can play a vital role in holding authorities accountable. The freedom to film police Every citizen has a First Amendment right that allows making movies in public. Should you be in the presence of an officer abusing someone, hit record. If you are the one in handcuffs, ask a passerby to...

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Important statistics about excessive use of force by police

The excessive and lethal use of force by law enforcement has been a concern for many decades. However, the mainstream conversations about this topic sometimes fail to capture the severity of the problem. Many studies and data paint a worrying picture about police use of force in the United States. Here are some statistics that all people should know. Most police departments decline to share data Many advocates of criminal justice and police reform would argue that accurate and complete data is essential to understanding and addressing the problem of excessive use of force. Unfortunately,...

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Misconduct may lead to wrongful convictions

The police investigate reported crimes, and investigations often involve questioning and interrogations. They may perform a search of someone’s person and property. In some scenarios, they may collaborate with informants to gain critical information and evidence against a suspect. When a suspect becomes a defendant and appears in a New York criminal court, the proceedings may reveal how the police handled the investigation involved violating the defendant’s civil rights. The police and misconduct Police misconduct could take many forms, and biased profiling, leading to an unjustified vehicle...

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Police brutality continues to be a hazard

Incidents of excessive brutality by police officers continue to be reported in New York and across the country. If you have been a victim of this type of action, you may be wondering what to do next. Incidents of brutality continue to be reported Police brutality has been addressed in a series of recent reforms. These measures have been adopted in New York City as well as other areas. However, many activists maintain that the measures taken have been nowhere near as thorough as they should be. Incidents involving no-knock warrants and excessive brutality, sometimes fatal, continue to be...

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New York police officers face probation if they abuse their power

New York police officers interact with residents and visitors every day. Members of the NYPD  have a duty to fight crime, enforce the law and protect the lives and property of citizens. They also have considerable power to use force or restrict the freedom of individuals. If police officers overstep their authority, they face probation and possible dismissal from the force. High standards New York police officers protect the safety and security of those who live and work in the city. They have discretion in the way they go about their duties but face disciplinary action if they go beyond the...

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