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Fort Lauderdale's Chief of Police Maglione was ousted after criticizing victim and defending officer misconduct. 

Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione has been removed from his position nearly six weeks after a member of his SWAT team shot a peaceful Black Lives Matter protester in the face with a foam rubber bullet, as other officers laughed and…
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Former Miami, Florida Police Officer Charged with Battery After Kneeling on Woman’s Neck and Using Stun Gun on Her Twice

A former Miami-Dade police officer has been formally charged with battery after an incident unfolded outside of a strip club in Miami Gardens back in January. NBC News says Jordy Yanes Martel, 30, was working off-duty as a security guard for…
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What is Qualified Immunity?

The doctrine of qualified immunity has become a subject of much debate following the unlawful killing George Floyd. This article summarizes the legal rule of qualified immunity, how it protects police officers and some suggested alternatives…

Florida, What Laws Protect Me from Police Brutality?

When police officers use excessive force and harm victims without any valid reason, they are committing acts of police brutality. Unfortunately, police brutality is very common and many times these actions of unjustifiable aggression done by…
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Fort Lauderdale police officer is suspended when multiple witnesses saw him knock a protesting woman to the ground

A Fort Lauderdale police officer was suspended after a video clearly captured him hitting a kneeling woman during a peaceful protest related to the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota days earlier.  Disgraced officer instigated violence…
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Another black man is killed by a police officer in Tallahassee Florida.

  In the midst of the protests over the brutal police killing of George Floyd, another police killing of a black man in the United States has attracted relatively little attention. Tony McDade, 38, was shot and killed by police last…
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How Do I Know When to Report a Case of Police Brutality in Fort Myers, Florida?

 Filing a complaint against a police officer is not something most members in society feel like they should prepare for. However, the unfortunate truth is that police misconduct and brutality is actually a serious problem in Fort Myers…
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How do I make a complaint of police misconduct in Port St. Lucie Florida?

  A police department’s reputation and positive interaction within a community can be tarnished by one act of police brutality or misconduct by a misguided officer.  Police misconduct may occur with the smallest deviation from…
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If a Tampa, FL Police Officer Turns Off Their Body Camera During a Call Will They Face Disciplinary Action?

They could if the officer turned off his or her body camera so that they were able to engage in an act of misconduct and wouldn’t be recognized for doing so. Officers who are required to wear body cameras while on duty are responsible…
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Is de-escalation training the cure for excessive force in Miami Beach Florida?

  Altered state impacts reactions to force. Public drunkenness. 856.011 Disorderly intoxication.— No person in the state shall be intoxicated and endanger the safety of another person or property, and no person in the state shall…
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What Can I do if a Police Officer Violently Grabbed My Child in Daytona Beach, FL?

Despite the authority and advantages police officers have over the general public, officers of the law are still required to respect the rights of the citizens in their community and should not engage in any activity that is considered to…
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Oakland Park Florida suspect is killed after attempting to flee from a traffic stop. Are the police allowed to use deadly force in this situation?

Law enforcement has been known to become overzealous when pursuing a suspect. This can result in someone being injured or killed for a minor offense.  A man from Oakland Park, Florida was fatally shot by Broward County police detectives…
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Broward County Florida police officer solicits prostitution and pays for sex to make arrests

Some forms of police misconduct include engaging in illegal activity and spending tax dollars in improper ways. In these kinds of situations, it is up to the department that employs the officer or anyone affected by illegal conduct to report…
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Orlando, Florida, Do Officers Need a Warrant to Search Me?

The job of a police officer is to keep the streets as safe as possible from all forms of danger and crime. If an officer has a good reason to suspect that a person is a danger to society, they can do whatever they feel is necessary to get that…
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Why might a victim file an excessive use of force claim in Tampa?

Excessive use of force is a general term for when police beat someone or improperly handle them during an arrest causing injuries or death. An incident captured on a dashboard camera in Pinellas Park, just west of Tampa, shows a man being…
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Are Police Officers in St. Petersburg, FL Allowed to Search My Car During a Traffic Stop?

Not always is a search warranted. Read on to find out when police can search your vehicle and what you should if an officer violated your rights and searched it anyway.   Being pulled over by a police officer in St. Petersburg, FL…
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Are police allowed to disturb a dead body as part of an investigation in Largo Florida?

Some cases of police brutality are both bizarre and disturbing.  An egregious incident occurred when officers in Largo Florida went to a funeral home to find fingerprints to use to search the phone of a man who they had fatally shot days earlier. Police…
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Can a police officer be disciplined for coercing an informant into sex in Lake City?

Sometimes police officers use coercive force to get their victims to engage in all kinds of degrading or illegal activities. There are a number of possible remedies after this kind of misconduct occurs. A Lake City Police sergeant was being…