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Police brutality and the power of the badge

While many police officers may uphold a strong moral code, some can get carried away with the authority they have over civilians. More people have been coming forward with stories of police brutality, suggesting that some officers could be abusing the power of their badge for their own benefit.

Last year, two police officers in New York arrested a teenage woman for marijuana possession, only to force her into performing sexual favors. They threatened her with criminal charges, and eventually raped her. This incident sparked a discussion on how some police officers may be targeting young and vulnerable women.

According to research, this incident was not the first time that a police officer had been accused of sexual assault. A study conducted over a three-year period showed that there had been more than 500 arrests related to sexual abuse. Some police officers were accused of requesting sexual favors from female prisoners in exchange for bail. One officer even admitted to preying on victims of sexual abuse knowing that they would feel safe in the presence of a policeman.

Some of the surveyed victims also revealed that they had felt especially vulnerable in the presence of service guns.

Understanding the problem

The problem might not be that police brutality goes unnoticed, but that there may be a lack of preventative policies. The discussion mentions how many police departments simply do not have policies that help discourage the abuse of authority. At the same time, victims of police brutality may not know who to turn to if they cannot trust the police. Police departments may want to review their codes to help prevent more incidents like this from happening.

No one should have to tolerate sexual assault. If you have been a victim of police brutality and are confused about where to seek help, consider reaching out to an experienced personal injury attorney who can advocate for your rights.

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