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Since the 9/11 terrorists attacks, we’ve seen a sharp increase in First Amendment violations against photographers, usually in the name of keeping us “safe.” Now it is evident that one of the reasons for this increase is the lowering of police hiring standards in the recr

Federal court cases alleging police abuse increased 25 percent since 9/11


Since the 9/11 terrorists attacks, we’ve seen a sharp increase in First Amendment violations against photographers, usually in the name of keeping us “safe.”

Now it is evident that one of the reasons for this increase is the lowering of police hiring standards in the recruitment frenzy following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Between 2001 and 2007, federal court cases in which cops were accused of violating people’s civil rights dramatically rose 25 percent, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

While figures are not available for the most recent years, anybody who keeps up with the news knows that there hasn’t exactly been a decrease.

Today, MSN.com complied a list of ten cases from 2010 in which alleged police brutality was caught on tape.

The story was first reported in USA Today back in 2007.

The trend doesn’t appear to be going away considering the Obama Administration plans to increase funding for police and prisons next year, according to the Justice Policy Institute.

As a child growing up in Miami during the early 1980s, we had a huge increase in crime due to the Mariel Boatlift and Colombian cocaine cowboys. That led to an increase in police recruitment, which, of course, led to an increase in police corruption, especially in the notorious Miami River Cops case.

About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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