Police Brutality Cases

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The above are reported instances of police misconduct, police corruption, or police brutality on July 24, 25 and 26, 2012. There is no one specific definition of police misconduct, police corruption, or police brutality, but it is generally the abuse of police authority; the violation of the law or of an individual’s rights by the police. Probably the most wide ranging category is considered police misconduct. It refers to law enforcement officers who break the criminal laws or encroach on a citizen’s constitutional rights, or a combination of both violations. For purposes of this essay, unless otherwise mentioned, the three scenarios will be referred to as “police misconduct.” Police misconduct could include a wide variety of actions including taking money during a drug arrest, or stealing from an arrestee, or otherwise using their office illegally for personal gain. It could also refer to an officer who breaks the department’s rules and regulations, such as “padding” the uniform allowance. Commonly reported types of misconduct are physical and verbal harassment, police brutality, and discriminatory stops and arrests. Historically, in the last century, the problem has been either growing or increasing in actually being reported. The answers to the problem have also been growing but no one answer has…show more content…
Schwarz, 283 F.3d 76 (2d Cir. 2002). Three police officers assaulted a Haitian immigrant sodomizing him with various objects. All three were convicted of obstructing justice for covering up the attack but was later overturned. The Court said, “the jury was improperly exposed to prejudicial extrinsic information during jury deliberations. We also hold that all three appellants' convictions at the second trial for conspiracy to obstruct justice must be reversed for insufficient evidence.” The prejudicial information was the prior conduct of the

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