Transparency in private police departments can make civil rights claims more difficult.
College campus police have their own policies but must follow state and federal laws regarding individual civil rights. However, transparency at a privately funded university that has their own police force may be limited, compared to a city or municipal police force. Bias-based profiling continues to be alive and well in Philadelphia, even as outcries for this behavior to end are louder each year. Profiling along with other types of police brutality have run amok in America’s Police Departments making it more difficult to identify the “good guys.”
Temple University Police have had negative publicity thrown their way as two ex-campus police officers were found guilty of torturing and beating a woman to death in their home giving rise to questions on professional screening of their officers. In May of 2017 the campus police detained a young black man driving a BMW near Temple University on his way back to his parents’ home, ordered him to the ground at gunpoint and handcuffed him, searched his vehicle and found nothing. The campus police later apologized and released him after knowledge that his siblings were active Philadelphia law enforcement. A few weeks ago, Mr. Bess, who is this young black man, filed a civil rights action against the University for this encounter.
Forms of police brutality associated with bias-based profiling.
Bias-based profiling is a form of police brutality and is an illegal and actionable offense to be remedied in the interests of negatively affected persons; when misguided police officers overstep their authoritative boundaries by seeking out individuals based solely on preconceived prejudicial judgments due to race, religion, sexual orientation, or economic status to name a few.
- Excessive Force – utilizing more physical force than necessary to subdue a criminal causing bodily harm or death.
- 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.
Hire an attorney.
If you, or someone you love has been victimized by any form of police brutality, speak to a legal professional at the Law Offices of Metzger & Kleiner, who has a longstanding track record of successfully litigating cases to preserve civil rights, and pursue comprehensive awards for damages related to the long lasting physical or emotional scarring and loss of trust in law enforcement. Damages may include hospital/medical expenses; past and future permanent disability payments; emotional distress including depression and anxiety; loss of enjoyment of life; physical pain and suffering; and loss of love and companionship due to a death or serious injury caused by police brutality or excessive use of force.
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