When the police do something wrong, the public deserves to know and to hold the agencies responsible for those actions. Unfortunately, the reality is that police misconduct is often hidden, and records of incidents are hidden away.
The term police misconduct includes acts that are unethical or illegal as well as acts that violate an individual's rights. As a victim of police misconduct, it is your right to pursue compensation and to fight in court against those who try to take away your rights.
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.
New York's finest are there to serve and protect the people of America's largest city. But the excessive force displayed by individuals on the police force can darken its reputation as well as cause harm to innocent people, even if the image of the beat cop has improved over the last few decades.
For New Yorkers like you, living in heavily policed communities, traumatic experiences are a daily occurrence. Most everyone you know has been victimized by the police, regardless of age or gender, or any actual wrongdoing.
Police misconduct is nothing new in New York. There have been stories in the news for decades about issues with police officers related to brutality, corruption and other issues. Victims of this misconduct often don't know how they can fight back without fear of further retaliation. If you believe you are the victim of police misconduct, you should read through this post to find out how you can prove it happened.
Sometimes an individual hasn't done anything wrong to warrant an arrest or criminal charges. Nevertheless, the police officer -- perhaps because he or she has a personal vendetta against the defendant -- decided to arrest the person without sufficient cause. These cases are referred to as "malicious prosecution."
Numerous instances of police brutality happen in New York and throughout the United States every day. Unfortunately, most of these incidents never get reported -- or if the victim does try to complain -- he or she may have a difficult time proving that the police brutality and mistreatment occurred.
In a recent article published by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU is saying that it has not been able to get information about the policies and practices of 23 different police departments in the state. The ACLU asked for information about police practices concerning detentions, traffic stops, using force, complaining about misconduct, surveillance tech. and racial profiling -- but all it received was red tape in return.
Two words that no person of color wants to think about are "police brutality." However, the reality of misconduct, racial profiling and the overuse of force by law enforcement officers is something that every minority has to remember. According to a recent book, "Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color," female minorities are particularly at risk of being the victims of police violence, but their stories are often hidden from public view.