When The Police Go Too Far
We rely on the police to keep us safe and treat us all fairly, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin or religion. But sometimes the police go too far: using excessive force, engaging in racial profiling or illegally restricting the rights of protesters and the press.
You have the constitutional right not only to protest peacefully in public, but also to record police officers as they carry out their duties to serve and protect you.
Furthermore, when police target people of color for humiliating and often frightening detentions, arrests, interrogations, or searches without evidence of criminal activity, they are not only violating the U.S. Constitution, but also undermining our shared trust in them and their ability to fairly serve all communities.
If you have been targeted unfairly by the police, we want to hear from you. Improper police activity includes but is not limited to:
- use of excessive force by police during a protest;
- false arrest;
- orders to stop photographing or videotaping public police activity;
- searches or seizures of your property, including cameras or phones, without a warrant;
- stops, detentions, questioning, searches (including consent searches), citations/tickets, arrests/harassment by the police because of your race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion; or
- were subjected to militaristic police action.
If you have experienced any of these behaviors from the police tell us your story in the space below.
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