5 Examples Of Police Misconduct And What We Can Do About It

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Police misconduct is a serious issue. It has been in the news more and more lately, with police officers being charged with various crimes. There are many examples of police misconduct; one famous example is framing someone else or planting evidence to convict them of a crime they didn’t commit. This article will go over what police misconduct means, give some examples and provide tips on how you can curb police misconduct from happening in your city.

What Is Police Misconduct

According to Wikipedia, “police misconduct refers to inappropriate actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties.” In other words, police misconduct is any action or omission by a police officer that violates the law or the rights of a citizen. It’s especially bad because law enforcement is seen as leaders of the community

Cases Of Police Misconduct

There are many notorious police misconduct cases that have made headlines over the years.

Some of the most high-profile examples include the Rodney King case in Los Angeles, the Abner Louima case in New York City, the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore, and the Eric Garner case in Staten Island.

In each of these instances, an unarmed black man was killed or seriously injured by police officers, leading to public outcry and sometimes riots.

Eric Garner

In the Eric Garner case, Garner was killed after being placed in a chokehold by a police officer. The incident was captured on video and sparked national outrage over police brutality against black men. Garner’s family eventually settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the city for $5.9 million.

Freddie Gray

The Freddie Gray case also led to Baltimore riots after Gray died in police custody. His death was ruled a homicide, and six officers were eventually charged with his death. The city of Baltimore finally reached a $6.4 million settlement with Gray’s family.

Abner Louima

The Abner Louima case resulted in two police officers being sentenced to prison after Louima was brutally beaten and sodomized with a broomstick in a police precinct. The incident led to nationwide protests against police brutality.

Rodney King

The Rodney King case is perhaps the most well-known example of police misconduct. LAPD officers beat King after a high-speed chase in 1991. The incident was captured on video and led to the officers being charged with assault and use of excessive force. The trial resulting in the officers’ acquittal sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

More Examples Of Police Misconduct

Police misconduct can include a whole host of behaviors, including corruption and excessive use of force.

A few general examples are as follows:

– False Arrests: police making an arrest without probable cause or arresting someone for fabricated reasons

– Excessive Force: using more force than is necessary to subdue a suspect who poses no threat to police and others around them (i.e., shooting unarmed civilians)

– Abuse Of Authority/ Discriminatory Profiling: targeting certain groups based on race, gender, or sexual orientation while stopping people randomly just because they “look suspicious.”

– Falsifying Evidence: misrepresenting during criminal proceedings; planting drugs on someone without their knowledge, or planting evidence to help police in a case where they have no proof.

– Police Brutality: police officials use excessive force against suspects, often leading to serious physical injuries and even death.

Tips For Curbing Police Misconduct

So how can you prevent police misconduct from happening? The first step is reporting any acts of police misbehavior that you see. Many people might be afraid to say wrongful actions by police because they fear retaliation if the complaint isn’t taken seriously. Phone numbers are listed on most law enforcement websites for citizens who want to file complaints about police behavior.

Speak Out

If something is going on in your city/ town (i.e., police brutality at a protest against police misconduct) that you think is wrong, it’s your responsibility to let people know about it. Protesting police behavior is one way of expressing discontent with how police perform their duties in society today.

Contact City Officials

You should also call your local representatives and tell them what’s happening in the community/city. Often, they don’t even realize there might be an issue until someone tells them, so make sure you’re not just letting all this happen without saying anything – no matter where you live or who represents you as a citizen.


Police behavior has again come under scrutiny from community activists and the general public. The extent of police misconduct ranges from the deadly use of excessive force to less severe types of “blissful” ignorance where officers neglect their responsibilities, such as failing to witness illegal acts or record critical evidence in their reports.

Although the issue is not new, a confluence of events over the last decade intensified concern among minority communities that there are different standards for white and nonwhite citizens regarding how police officers treat them.


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