Police Misconduct and Release-Dismissal Agreements

By Peter A. Joy and Kevin C. McMunigal

There are numerous barriers to reducing and eliminating police misconduct, especially excessive use of force and other civil rights violations. Some involve prosecutors. One such barrier, which we have written about previously, is reluctance on the part of a local prosecutor to bring charges against police officers the prosecutor works with and relies upon. (Prosecutorial Conflicts of Interest and Excessive Use of Force by Police, 30 Crim. Just. 47 (Summer 2015).)

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