Police misconduct refers to inappropriate actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties. Police misconduct can lead to a miscarriage of justice and sometimes involves discrimination. In an effort to control police misconduct, there is an accelerating trend for civilian agencies to go beyond review to engage directly in investigations and to have much greater input into disciplinary decisions. With the proliferation of mobile devices capable of recording alleged misconduct, existing eavesdropping laws in some jurisdictions are being leveraged to prosecute civilians, while in other circumstances police will illegally seize or delete evidence.
Types of misconduct include, false confession, false arrest, falsified evidence, false imprisonment, intimidation, police brutality, police corruption, racial profiling, surveillance abuse and off-duty misconduct. Others include:
- Noble cause corruption, where the officer believes the good outcomes justify bad behavior
- Selective enforcement (knowledge and allowances of violations by friends, family and/or acquaintances unreported)
- Abuses of power (using badge or other ID to gain entry into concerts, to get discounts, etc.)
- Lying under oath (blatant lies under oath and/or to other authorities to cover wrongdoing)
- Influence of drugs and/or alcohol while on duty
- Violations by officers of police procedural policies
There is a view that police officers share a 'code of silence' and do not turn each other in for misconduct. While the police has called this code a myth, a 2005 survey found evidence that it exists.
Other articles related to "police misconduct, police, misconduct":
... On June 18, 2006, an Edmonton police officer was alleged to have struck an unarmed and handcuffed woman in the head, resulting in her falling to the ground, leaving her bloodied and injured ... An internal police investigation was ordered but no charges were laid ... On July 8, 2008, two high-ranking members of the Edmonton Police were found guilty of assaulting a homeowner and entering his home without a search warrant ...
... a law practice in Los Angeles where he specializes in cases of police misconduct, civil rights in federal courts, including over 200 federal police misconduct trials, and has briefed and argued over 150. 1985)(police who stand by and observe other police commit civil rights violations may be held liable for failing to prevent the violations) Crumpton v. 1991)(an in utero fetus may sue police for killing his father once he is born) Cunningham v ...
... The Commission is established under the Police Integrity Act 1996 (NSW) ... They include preventing, detecting or investigating serious police misconduct managing or overseeing other agencies in the detection and investigation of serious police ... The Commission employs a variety of experienced staff including lawyers, accountants, police, investigators and analysts ...
... Main articles Police brutality, Police corruption, and Police misconduct Police brutality is the intentional use of excessive force, usually physical, but potentially also in the form of verbal attacks and ... perceived disrespect towards police officers ... Police corruption is a specific form of police misconduct designed to obtain financial benefits and/or career advancement for a police officer or officers in ...
... police misconduct statistics are hard to come by because the government does not regularly collect data ... One attempt to track misconduct is the "National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project" which estimates misconduct rates using newspaper reports ... This comprehensive data suggest that police are more likely than the average person to commit a number of crimes including assault, sexual assault, and murder, but less ...
Famous quotes containing the word police:
“To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well.”
—Albert Camus (19131960)