What is police abuse? Police abuse is generally any type of police misconduct. Police brutality is a form of police abuse. Police abuse generally refers to excessive use of force by the police or other improper conduct by the police, such as a wrongful arrest.
How widespread is police brutality? Widespread police brutality exists in many countries, even countries like the United States where criminal and civil remedies exist. Police brutality is just one form of police misconduct. According to People’s Police Report, January 2006, the top 25 lawsuits between 1993 and 2005 settled for $3,581,007.30. This website keeps track of some Portland Police Misconduct cases: Portland Copwatch
This website keeps track of police brutality statistics in America: Injustice Every Where
Does Oregeon have a cause of action called police abuse? Oregon does not have a legal cause of action called “police brutality” per se. Usually there is a legal cause of action for Excessive use of force under Oregon law and Federal law.
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