How to Report Police Brutality


Most people rely on police officers for safety, security and protection, but there are times when the tables turn. If you have been a victim of police brutality, it is important that you report that officer to the proper authorities for punishment. If you don't, he will have the opportunity to victimize others in the future.

Things You'll Need

  • Telephone
  • Notebook and pen
  • Camera
  • Try to obtain the police officer's name and badge number.

  • Seek medical attention immediately. Even if you've been arrested, an infirmary should be able to address any injuries you sustained, or you can be transferred to a hospital for emergency care.

  • Write down your experience in as much detail as possible. Note the date, time and location of the assault and anything else you can remember that would sustain an allegation of police brutality.

  • Take pictures of any injuries inflicted by the police officer during the attack. If you aren't able to take the pictures yourself, ask someone else to do it for you. Photographs should be clear and focused, but make sure to take a few of your whole body to leave no doubt that you are the subject.

  • Submit your written account of police brutality to an experienced attorney. He can decide what action should be taken and can help you organize a lawsuit if you choose to take that route.

  • Write a formal complaint about the police brutality and submit it to the appropriate individual within the police department. You can usually contact the precinct where the police officer works and ask about filing an official complaint. They will direct you to the correct party, as it varies depending on jurisdiction.

Tips & Warnings

  • Decide in advance whether you want to resolve the situation civilly or criminally.
  • Never fight back if you are assaulted by a police officer, as this can result in far harsher punishment.

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