Unfortunately, police misconduct does happen—and it can result in serious consequences, not least of all wrongful arrests, for those who are victimized. However, victims aren’t sentenced to silence; reports can be submitted and used to protect civilians and their communities from further aggression. Learn how you can file a report in the event you experience or witness misconduct.
One of your greatest aids in filing a report will be recording the details of the event as accurately and as soon after the misconduct as possible. Be exact, and know how to contact other witnesses if you need them. It pays to be calm and collected when chronicling this information, so also take care to sort the facts from your feelings as well as you can. Prepare to make copies of your account and the actual complaint later.