Glendale Police Department understands that their police force has broad-based authoritative discretion when performing their duties within the community. The Department expects police to comply with policies and procedures of the department, in efforts to provide exemplary community service in an ethical and professional manner. Any violation of the policies set forth by the department, or complaints of misconduct or actions of police brutality are taken very seriously and result in discipline and/or corrective action when the complaints are sustained – meaning they have been investigated and reveal factual evidence of a violation of Glendale Police Department Policy or Arizona Law. In 2017 complaint statistics reveal that more than half of the complaints were sustained and action was taken to remedy those problems.
Police are not legally allowed to conduct search and seizure activity in your home or property unless they have probable cause, at which time they need to be able to present you with a valid search warrant for the premises allowing them to do so, or if you give permission for them to search your property, or if they believe an active crime is occurring therein. Search and seizure activities are when police inspect a person’s body, home, car, or business to find information regarding criminal activity. If proof is found, police are allowed to take it, or arrest someone related to that crime. Police are only allowed to intrude on personal property under the previously listed conditions. If an officer infringes on an individual’s Fourth Amendment rights, and the search is illegal, it is considered a form a police brutality and the information found will not be permitted to be used to substantiate a legal case.
The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution is used as a guide to police activity with regard to the main areas of police brutality including the most common:
- Excessive Force – utilizing more physical force than necessary to subdue a criminal causing bodily harm or death.
- Sexual Harassment/Misconduct – unwelcome sexual advances, requests or demands for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by law enforcement in the course of their job.
- False Arrest and Wrongful Imprisonment – unlawful restraint of a person’s freedom of movement by another acting in perceived accordance with the law.
- Wrongful Search and Seizure Activity – protection from “unreasonable searches and seizures” notwithstanding probable cause enabling a search warrant.
- Racial and Gender Discrimination – bias-based policing is the intentional practice by an individual law enforcement officer who incorporates prejudicial judgments based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, religious beliefs, or age that are inappropriately applied in the performance of his/her duties.
If you feel your rights have been violated through any of these offenses by a police officer in Glendale Arizona, you may make a complaint by completing the following actions:
- Any person who has knowledge of police misconduct may file a complaint.
- The police department should be contacted as soon as you have knowledge or witnessed police misconduct including excessive use of force, unethical conduct or abusive action that is a violation of city, state or federal laws.
- Glendale Police Department takes complaints seriously and will investigate. Make sure facts are given. False claims can result in legal action against the person who filed the complaint including criminal charges.
- File the complaint by calling the supervisor of the officer involved at 623-930-3000, call the hotline of the Professional Standards Unit at 623-930-4747. Fill out the online PDF form and print it and mail it to the department address or send it via email to [email protected].
The supervisor will investigate the complaint. If allegations are serious such as those listed in the common forms of police brutality, the Professional Standards Unit will become involved and collect facts and circumstances of the encounter. This will be done through witness interviews and evidence collection. The supervisor reports the incident and submits the findings through the chain of command and when warranted, disciplinary action including legal activity may be undertaken to remedy the situation in the hopes of continued trust within the community.
The actions that will follow will include: the officer will be exonerated because their action was within the scope of their position; the claim was found to be false; there was not enough evidence to support the claim, the claim showed evidence of guilt; and only part of the claim showed evidence of guilt. The person who submitted the initial complaint will be notified of the findings.
There are various federal and state laws that insure remedy to individuals who have suffered the negative effects of police brutality. If you feel you have been a victim of any form of police brutality by an officer in Glendale Arizona, you should seek professional legal help to file a complaint and have them review your case to see if you can file a legal case and sue for damages.