Too often, law enforcement agencies and officers violate civil and even human rights without consequences. That’s why we’re pushing the federal government to better hold law enforcement officers accountable for their misconduct.
The federal government should do everything it can to protect the civil and human rights of everyone within its borders. However, laws on the books don’t do enough to ensure that’s the case. Law enforcement officers at every level frequently violate people’s civil and human rights — with limited consequences. And law enforcement agencies abuse their surveillance powers to collect a troubling amount of information on Americans. These abuses disproportionately impact people of color and members of other historically marginalized communities. The government must do more to protect the rights of everyone within its borders. We’re pushing for reforms that will better hold law enforcement accountable for violating our rights.
To protect our civil and human rights, POGO is focusing on curtailing law enforcement abuses and defending digital rights and privacy.
Curtailing Law Enforcement Abuses1 Defending Our Digital Rights and Privacy2
Overbroad and outdated laws don’t do enough to protect our constitutional rights when it comes to surveillance technologies. We’re advocating for reforms that would curtail the government’s ability to gather information without probable cause.
What's at Stake?
A report leaked to POGO revealed more than 10,000 DHS employees said they experienced sexual misconduct at work. Another noted 30 cases where government guns were returned to agents against whom DHS had substantiated accusations of domestic violence.
Federal agencies are using a 1970s law allowing electronic surveillance of foreign intelligence to collect Americans’' text messages and emails today. How many Americans are targeted through this surveillance? The government won't say.
Federal law requires the Justice Department to report every death that happens in law enforcement custody, a critical first step toward reducing such deaths. Although the law was reauthorized in 2014, DOJ still can’t give an accurate count.
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