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Understanding when police commit civil rights violations

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Civil Rights Violations

Civil rights violations by police officers are a big concern. These issues affect trust between communities and law enforcement. In New York, knowing about these violations helps protect citizens’ rights.

Excessive force

Police officers sometimes use more force than necessary. This includes using weapons or restraints on a subdued suspect. They may also apply too much force during traffic stops or arrests or cause injuries that don’t match the threat level.

Unlawful searches and seizures

The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. Police officers sometimes break this rule. This happens when they search a home or vehicle without a warrant or consent. They are also not supposed to seize personal property without reason or conduct stop-and-frisk operations without suspicion.

Racial profiling

Racial profiling happens when police target individuals based on race or ethnicity. This practice violates civil rights and harms trust. Examples include stopping and questioning people because of their race or unwarranted traffic stops of minority drivers. It also includes increased surveillance of certain racial or ethnic communities.

False arrest and malicious prosecution

False arrest happens when police detain someone without legal reason. Malicious prosecution involves charging someone without cause. Both actions disrupt lives and violate rights. This occurs when police arrest someone based on false information, detain people for long periods without charges, or prosecute people with insufficient or fake evidence.

Accountability is crucial

Addressing civil rights violations by police in New York is vital. Awareness helps citizens recognize and challenge these practices. Holding law enforcement accountable through reforms and oversight protects civil rights and fosters a safer society.


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