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Upholding your rights involving those who protect and serve

Most adults believe they know the difference between right and wrong. But when you are in a situation where someone has authority over you, you may not know what you are, or are not, allowed to do. This may be especially true regarding police involvement. Considering allegations of excessive force spread across social media and the news, you may not know whether you have the right to record your traffic stop or how you can protect yourself if things get out of hand.

Police powers and civil rights for citizens

In general, police officers have the right to exercise a wide range of powers to carry out their duties. There are, however, limits to the way officers can treat people when attempting to enforce the law. The law that gives victims of misconduct the right to seek justice is known as Section 1983. The statute originally passed shortly after the Civil War in order to stop oppressive conduct against freed slaves from groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

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