Want To File A Police Complaint?

…and this is what you could run into. A compilation of the intimidation, and threats of arrest, one can face when attempting to file a complaint regarding police misconduct:

18 Comments on "Want To File A Police Complaint?"

  1. Here’s a pro tip. Don’t try to complain to the toilet scrubbers at the bottom of the totem pole. Complain at the top of the food chain. If its anything like the military, higher-ups will be so disconnected from what actually happens on the street that they’ll roll the shit ball all the way down the hill until everyone has taken time out of their day to come up with an explanation. Its the best way to annoy as many of them as possible in one go.

  2. That’s why it’s best to retain an attorney before embarking on such an endeavor.

    Or just gun the abusive cop down while he’s stopped at a red light looking at his computer.


    • I assume you were joking, but talking about using deadly force against any human being, whether you agree with them or like what they have to say or not, even if they are part of a group of which you personally don’t approve, is, in my opinion, absolutely wrong.  The advice to obtain an attorney – if you believe you have a legitimate complaint – is sound, provided you can afford one.

      • I’m sorry that you misunderstood my comment.

        I certainly wasn’t advocating the use of deadly force against actual people in order to address the problem.

        I was just talking about killing cops.

  3. Cops stick together and protect their own.  Big surprise.  If you have an honest beef, better off contacting ACLU or Southern Poverty Law or hire your own lawyer.

  4. Daedalus1960 | Mar 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm |

    I find the video amusing insofar as the police are often indignant that people would film them and post the results online rather than approach the police with a compliant. I mean it is almost as if nobody trusts them.

  5. Camron Wiltshire | Mar 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm |

    Disgusting behavior from these “public servants”…

  6. Camron Wiltshire | Mar 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  7. I’m sure if I went to a police station and say “do you have a form I can file to report an armed robbery?” they would be unlikely to say “Sure! Here it is – please drop it back off when you’re done!” Unlike filing a complaint about a garbage collector or the cable installer, a complaint against a police officer is invariably going to be a criminal matter. Criminal matters require a traceable train of evidence, statements, and so forth.

    Like a report of an armed robbery, one can’t just have the police launch an investigation “via submission form.” My expectation is that, in a report of any crime, the police will ask your identity, a description of the circumstances, etc. That’s no different between an armed robbery or a case of assault (even if by a police officer). 

    That said, the police in these videos seem to lack a certain level of customer service skills, there’s no doubt. 

    In any case, if one has a complaint about police abuse, the District Attorney or the Sheriff’s Office for the jurisdiction in which the department is located would be most appropriate venues through which to work. If the complaint is regarding a Sheriff’s Office then the State Police Office of Professional Accountability or your state AG’s office are options. 

    • Sorry, a third alternative I forgot about – one could call into the Alex Jones show or post something on the Above Top Secret message boards. Peppering in words like “martial law”, “police state” and “NWO” is a best-practices approach if pursuing these options. 

    • That fact of the matter is, all this guy did was ask how to go about filing a complaint. That in it’s self says he don’t.  He never he wanted to file a complaint, just information on how. That doesn’t require show ID and doesn’t warrant being arrested.  I got this information from my brother-in-law who is a 20 yr veteran police officer for NYPD  

    • This video, or one much like it, has been around for a while. It was created to demonstrate that the police fail to comply with the legal requirement that they have complaint forms available for the public to pick up, take away, fill out, then return.

      In each case where the person was denied the requested form, there was a clear legal requirement in that jurisdiction for the police to provide it without further interrogation. Indeed, the instances were videotaped and the video was compiled specifically to document that lack of compliance with the law by various police departments.

      Attempting to explain away the police hostility by saying they merely “lack a certain level of customer service skills” is the same sort of distortion that gets pepper spray categorized as “a food product, basically”.

      Violence against police is on a clear upswing and for good reason.

      Attempts to explain away police misconduct instead of actually correcting it has produced a situation where almost no one trusts the police and a large segment of our population no longer even pays lip service to the idea that the cops are the “good guys”.

      • All I saw was a video collage of four second clips. If there was more to the story, such as local reporting requirements, I didn’t see it. I saw a one line context by the post author “OMG look at this!”, a string of 4 second clips and some loon calling for everyone to go out and shoot a cop.

        I’ve made a choice in my life to dismiss compilations of four second video clips, such as those aired by CNN about Syria (see another post by this post’s author), or this. I’m very interested in start to finish videos that show full sequences of events. If someone feels they need to delete 95% of footage prior to sharing it with me they should expect me to be skeptical.

        There’s no doubt police abuse is on the upswing. Still, I’m not yet ready to use that as an excuse to join the Alex Jones crazy brigade or to throw out rational standards of critical thinking.

  8. A police complaint should be filed at the city administration. They employ the police and it is the only appropriate place to file a complaint. Filing a complaint against the police at a police station is a joke.

  9. all my run ins have been just like that . yes most of think they are the law and they are above it

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