Civil Rights Violations

Civil Rights Violations

Civil Rights Violations by Police

In line with Dara N. Byrne

about Civil Rights Violations in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The Department of Justice (DOJ) investigates civil rights violations committed by police officers as well as violations that suggest patterns and practices of misconduct within law enforcement agencies. The Criminal Section of the DOJ Civil Rights Division prosecutes officers under 18 United StatesC. § 242, which pertains to color of law violations. Color of law violations include excessive use of force, unexplained shootings, sexual abuses, dangerous restraint techniques, unlawful searches and seizures, false arrests, and filing false reports while acting in an official capacity. Two examples of color of law violations are the 1992 indictments of four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers for the 1991 beating of Rodney King and the 2000 indictment of Jacksonville Deputy Sheriff Karl T. Waldon for the false arrest, robbery, and killing of local businessman Sami Safar.

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