What’s Considered Police Misconduct?
The term police misconduct refers to illegal or inappropriate action engaged in by police officers.
A police officer’s conduct can be considered police misconduct in a variety of ways. For example, if an officer performs an unlawful search and seizure or makes a false arrest, it can be considered misconduct. It’s also misconduct if an officer uses excessive force. It’s important to remember, however, that an officer is permitted to use reasonable force if a suspect resists arrest.
Police Misconduct Laws and Claims In Indiana: At A Glance:
You can access the chart provided by FindLaw that provides a helpful overview of police misconduct laws and claims in Indiana. For more detailed information, please visit the links also provided in the chart.
- Official Misconduct
- When A Police Officer May Make An Arrest
- When A Police Officer May Use Force
- Related Statutes
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Overall, police misconduct may be on the rise, but laws that protect citizens from police misconduct remain the same. The unalienable civil rights of Americans are protected by the U.S. constitution, and cannot be denied by police officers, no matter the circumstances.
If you think you have been a victim of police misconduct, and your rights have been denied, then you need an experienced lawyer knowledgeable in protecting your civil rights. No matter where you are within the state of Indiana, Karpe Litigation is here to provide justice.