New York Police Misconduct Lawyer

New York Discrimination Lawyer -Police misconduct refers to brutality, corruption or other objectionable actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties.

Police brutality is a term used to describe the excessive use of physical force, assault, verbal attacks, and threats by police officers. Widespread, systematic police brutality exists in many countries, even those which prosecute it. Brutality is one of several forms of police misconduct which include; false arrest, intimidation, racial profiling, political repression, surveillance abuse, sexual abuse, and police corruption.

Use of force and authority by police to some groups can be - or be perceived to be - disproportionate. Differences in race, religion, politics, and socioeconomic status between police and the citizenry can contribute to the creation of a relationship in which a significant number of police officers view the population (or a particular subset thereof) as generally deserving punishment while these portions of the population view the police as oppressors.

Police are employed by society to maintain order but by dealing largely with disorderly elements of the society, people working in police often gradually develop an attitude or sense of authority over society. The growing number of cases of police brutality is usually attributed not to increased awareness within police ranks, but merely to more widespread use of video cameras.

In USA cases of police brutality are investigated by internal police commissions, District Attorneys and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Internal police commissions are often criticized for bias to the officers as they frequently declare upon review that the officer(s) acted within the Department's rules, or according to the training. Additionally, the ability of District Attorneys to investigate police brutality is called into question, as DA's depend on help from Police Departments to bring cases to trial. In contrast, the FBI is believed by many to be objective in its work in this area, but it investigates only a fraction of suspect cases of police brutality.

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