Some Private Groups Build Police Misconduct Databases

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Most police misconduct goes unreported, particularly in less extreme cases and in disenfranchised communities, but complaints filed with police departments and civilian review boards, as well as lawsuits, can point to histories of abuse tied to specific officers and precincts. In most cases, however, a citizen who becomes the victim of police abuse has little way of knowing if that officer is a repeat offender or has a history of targeting certain people, say, or sexual harassment. Even though cities . . .

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