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Facts About Police Misconduct

Luckily, most of the time the guardians of our communities make us feel safe. If we are confronted with any kind of crime, we know we can always call a police officer to our help and we feel secure in the presence of the police force. Cases have been known, however, when those who were given the power abuse their authority and take advantage of their fosterlings in a physical or emotional manner.

If you have become a victim of police misconduct, click here for a free evaluation of your case.

What is misconduct?

Police officers are given broad powers in order to carry out their every day duties. In order to effectively do their job, police officers are immune to various laws applying to all other citizens. There is, however, a point when police officers cross the border of how far law enforcement can go:

  • Arrests during routine stops for no reason
  • Arrests as a result of racial or minority group profiling
  • Negligence in jail and prison
  • Use of excessive force and beating for no reason
  • Planting drugs on innocent people
  • Arrests because someone refuses to give up information
  • Harassing a group of people “hanging out” in a certain area

Rodney King

The incident happened within minutes but portrays police misconduct at its finest. It began with police cars chasing a vehicle through the night. Finally they cornered his car and the drivers as he stepped into the street. After a high volt Taser stun gun was fired at the unarmed black man, three officers took turns kicking him. The kicking was not enough and so the man was smashed in the head, neck, kidneys and legs with truncheons. When the beating was finally over, 25-year-old Rodney King had suffered over 10 fractions in his skull, a broken ankle, internal injuries, a crushed cheekbone, a burn on his chest and brain damage. He fell into a coma.

Hot Topics in police misconduct

  • Excessive force
  • Custodial negligence
  • Code of silence
  • Police misconduct reports

Cases where police officers overstep their boundaries and engage in illegal actions often go unreported because people are not aware of their rights as citizens. Violence, wrongful convictions and abuse of authority need to be prevented and addressed in an appropriate manner. If you have been a victim of any kind of police conduct, you have legal grounds to protect your rights and protest against mistreatment. It is important that you contact one of our attorneys that specialize in laws governing police misconduct in order to successfully make your case.

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Criminal Law and Procedures, Demystified

If you or a family member has contact with the criminal justice system, you probably have a lot of questions about criminal law and procedure. If the police stop you on the street, do you have to talk to them? When can the police make an arrest? What happens during booking? When might a judge reduce bail or waive it altogether? How can you find a good lawyer?

Here you’ll find articles that will explain the criminal law and the justice system, inside and outside the courtroom. The goal of this website is to cultivate educated clients, educated relatives and friends of defendants, educated victims, and educated members of society. If you are facing criminal charges, this site won’t prepare you to defend yourself (which is rarely a good idea), but what you learn here should help you work effectively with your lawyer.

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Check out Nolo's Criminal Law Blog, The Rap Sheet, published by Paul Bergman.