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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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