Excerpt from :
TALKING POINTS: Excessive Use of Force, fromhttp://www.naacp.org/advocacy/justice/force_points/index.htm
- A study of police use of force in Texas found that force was used
against African-American citizens twice as often as against whites citizens.
- Hispanic citizens experienced 25% more incidents of police use of force.
- One study of police officers in Illinois found that 25% admitted having seen a
fellow officer harass an individual "most likely" because of his or her race.
all police contacts, but excessive use of force has been found to occur in up to
35% of all encounters that involved any force.
- 25% of police agreed with the
statement that whistle-blowing against other officers is "not worth it" and 60%
agreed that officers do not report even serious abuse of authority by their
- 90% of police agreed that front-line supervisors could be effective
in preventing the officers under their command from abusing their authority.
- A study of 6,447 reports of use of force in Austin, TX found only one incident
where a supervisor suggested any wrongdoing by the officer.
- 50% of all officers and 65% of African-American officers believe that community policing is effective in reducing police abuse of authority.
An excerpt from their website:
You have the right to make a complaint against a police officer for any
improper police conduct. California law requires this agency to have a procedure to investigate citizens' complaints. You have the right to a written description of the procedure. This agency may find that after the investigation, that there is not enough evidence to warrant action on your complaint. Even if that is the case, you have the right to make the complaint and have it investigated if you believe an officer behaved improperly. Citizen complaints and any reports or findings relating to complaints must be retained by this agency for at least five years.