In Flordia, if you have want to make an official complaint about a police officer, you go to the police station, ask for a complaint form, and fill it out.
However, one news team found that if you try that in south Florida, most police stations will deny that such forms exist, tell you that the only way to complain is to speak to a police seargent in person, and then possibly threaten to detain you or shoot you.
The article includes the transcripts of the news team’s undercover operation, in which they simply ask the officers for a complaint form. It’s astounding how intimidating and belligerent some of the cops are. I imagine this reporter’s going to get a lot of speeding and parking tickets in the months to come.
If the police abuse you, but you are afraid to file a complaint, the report above handily provides a link to PoliceAbuse.org, “The Police Complaint Center”. I am not familiar with their work, but it looks like the PCC will file complaints on your behalf if you fill out their form, and investigate your complaint themselves.
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