11 Statistics About Police Misconduct

  • May 11, 2016
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No Taser Regulations

Building on the previous point, The Guardian found that despite the US Justice Department's effort to create guidelines for taser use in 2011, rules and training were inconsistent across departments all over the country. Many suggested guidelines, such as using no more than three shocks, weren't mentioned in some handbooks and seemingly went ignored.


Body and Weapon Cameras

Major efforts nation-wide seek to outfit more police officers with body and weapon cameras. A Florida study of one police department between 2014 and 2015 showed that civilian complaints of police officers using force dropped sixty-five percent. Injuries across the board—for civilians and cops—also dropped.


Monetary Cost of Police Misconduct

Lawsuits against police departments relating to police misconduct cost taxpayers millions of dollars a year. A poll of ten major U.S. Cities found that combined they had paid over one-billion dollars between 2010 and 2014. It should be noted that these lawsuits aren't always related to deaths or even violence.


Level of Distrust

A 2015 poll of American citizens found that trust in police had reached a low not seen since 1992 with only fifty-two percent expressing confidence in police institutions. Since 1992 the same annual poll has only ever reached a high of sixty-four percent.


Crime Rates

Crime Rates

Some argue that police brutality is on the rise because crime rates in America are high. While this may be true on an individual basis (specific cities or states, for example), the national average is actually in decline, and has been since 1994.Violent types of crime were down across the board, so to say that police forces are becoming more violent in response to extreme levels of crime is simply untrue.