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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
falsification of evidence
spoliation of evidence
unwarranted seizure of property
("throwing the book at" people who one dislikes; this is often related to racial discrimination)
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