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Police misconduct 

Police misconduct can lead to a miscarriage of justice and sometimes involves discrimination and or illegal motives of segregation combined as obstruction of justice. Individuals and groups are now filming police in an effort to force police to become accountable for their actions. Mobile devices capable of recording alleged misconduct, police misconduct and abuse is now receiving publicity on social media and on websites including YouTube. In response, police often try to intimidate citizens to prevent them from using cameras. In other circumstances, police will illegally seize or delete evidence recorded by citizens, notwithstanding laws that make it a crime to destroy evidence of a crime being committed, irrespective of whether the crime is committed by civilians or by the police.

Types of Police misconduct include 

coerced false confession 


false arrest 

false imprisonment 

falsification of evidence 

spoliation of evidence

police perjury

witness tampering 

police brutality

police corruption 

racial profiling

unwarranted surveillance 

unwarranted searches 

unwarranted seizure of property

Selective enforcement

("throwing the book at" people who one dislikes; this is often related to racial discrimination)

Sexual misconduct
Off-duty misconduct

Influence of drugs or alcohol while on duty

Violations by officers of police procedural policies

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held that 42 U.S.C. § 1983 actions filed in Florida have a four-year statute of limitation