Police misconduct refers to inappropriate conduct and illegal actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties. This can include excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, falsification of evidence, spoliation of evidence, racial profiling, unwarranted surveillance, unwarranted searches, and unwarranted seizure of property.
It is illegal to refuse to hire, promote, or fire, someone on the basis of a "protected characteristic". These protected characteristics include race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, physical disability, and age. Discriminatory practices include bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, compensation, retaliation, and various types of harassment. The Constitution and most state laws prohibit these practices.
When our criminal-legal system convicts innocent people, it erodes the public's faith in our entire system of government. Convictions can be classified as wrongful for two reasons: (1) the person convicted is factually innocent of the offense charged; or (2) there were procedural errors that violated that defendant's rights.
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