Police enforcement is necessary to protect citizens in the community and keep people safe. Unfortunately, there are cases when law enforcement officials use their power and authority against citizens unlawfully. When this happens, it is called “police misconduct.” I have put together what it entails for a police officer to act unlawfully.
What Is Police Misconduct?
Police misconduct encompasses illegal and unethical actions that violate citizens' constitutional rights while using their power as police officers. For example, police misconduct includes police brutality, dishonesty, fraud, coercion, torture to force confessions, abuse of authority, and sexual assault. Sexual assault includes the demand for sexual favors in exchange for leniency. Any of those actions would be considered police misconduct.
Police misconduct can lead to the following:
- Deliberate indifference to a serious medical condition
- Failure to intervene
- Forced and coerced confessions
- Great injustice for the wrongfully accused
- Officers lying under oath
- Physical assault
- Sexual misconduct
- Weak cases going to trial
- Wrongful convictions
Now that people have the ability to capture videos of police misconduct with their cellphones, they can demonstrate when injustice occurs. The United States Department of Justice is responsible for investigating police misconduct and prosecutes police officers who violate citizens’ rights. Many of the investigations include allegations of police officers who use excessive force, sexual misconduct, false arrest, and theft.
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