Though not everyone was in favor of a bill centered around police misconduct cases within the Los Angeles Police Department, over 57 percent of voters did support it, and it recently passed.
Last year, 49ers' QB Colin Kaepernick took a stand against police violence and civil rights violations, deciding that he would kneel during the national anthem before every game. There was a split reaction to it, with some people supporting him and others saying he should not be disrespectful.
Police misconduct doesn't always end tragically, but even minor violations of citizens' rights can't be ignored. What are some things that can be done to reduce the likelihood of these events?
Body cameras are often touted as a solution to police misconduct. For one thing, the cameras can expose this misconduct when it takes place. They provide solid proof in court, rather than leaving it up to a jury.
The year 2016 has ended, but not before another case of excessive force was used by police.
The police are here to protect you and uphold the laws. They are intended to be public servants who help to make the world a safer place. While there are many officers who do this, some stray far outside of this job description, violating the rights of citizens. Since police are in authority, people sometimes don't even realize that they too are bound by the law and can be prosecuted for breaking it.
Your right to peacefully demonstrate for a cause is guaranteed by the Constitution. You have the right to free speech. But occasionally, when an issue is front and center and may even be a protest against the police, rights can be trampled on. Tempers can flare and violence may break out; police officers may begin making arrests or using crowd control measures, including the illegal use of force.
Back in 2002, officials in Inglewood, California, created the Citizen Police Oversight Commission. That year, a teen was arrested and video exposed misconduct by the police when the already-handcuffed 16-year-old was punched by an officer.
Upholding the law is an important job, and most police officers take their responsibility very seriously. In order to do that job, officers are given a certain amount of leeway in making sure that they are able to bring those suspected of crimes to justice. But although police are supposed to be "the good guys," their methods can sometimes be questionable, which can lead to allegations of police misconduct.