Is Police Brutality on the Rise?

Everyone remembers Rodney King, for the wrong reasons. The now-deceased Mr. King became the unwitting poster figure for police brutality.

Since then, there have been numerous accounts of police brutality captured on video – from California to Arkansas to New York. Just do a quick Google search of “police brutality” and you’ll see a whole slew of links to videos.

But does this mean police brutality is on the rise?

In 2010, the Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project found that nearly 5,000 unique reports of police conduct were tracked, with more than 6,600 officers involved. Excessive force accounted for more than 28 percent of those cases, with fist strikes, throws, choke holds, baton strikes, and other physical attacks listed as the most frequent types of abuse. Police brutality lawyers recovered more than $300 million in settlements for victims.

In California alone, the Anaheim Police Department, the L.A. Sheriff’s Department and the Oakland Police Department are all under investigation for alleged cases of police brutality. Recent reports of police brutality have spanned from Phoenix to Chicago to St. Paul, Philadelphia and New York. By all accounts, it appears that police brutality occurs everywhere and more often than we might think.

Police brutality is generally defined as the use of excessive or unnecessary force while dealing with a civilian and the public. It can range from false arrests, police misconduct and verbal abuse to sexual assault and the improper use of tasers.

If you think you’ve been a victim of police brutality, the most important thing you can do is take immediate action:

  • Take pictures of your injuries
  • Get contact information from witnesses
  • See a doctor
  • Contact a police brutality lawyer right away

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