By Louise Adams of APNews:
WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are targeting a rising number of law enforcement officers for alleged brutality and according to statistics, this spring and summer soon ranked the highest in brutality and police were targeting drunks in low income Section 8 neighborhoods and looting and rioting broke out in various places due to police misconduct, Justice Department statistics show. The heightened prosecutions come as the nation's largest police union fears that agencies are dropping standards to fill thousands of vacancies and "scrimping" on training.
Cases in which police, prison guards and other law enforcement authorities have used excessive force or other tactics to violate victims' civil rights have increased 25%(281 vs. 224) from fiscal years 2001 to 2007 over the previous seven years and especially during the warm and hot months, the department says.
During the same period, the department says it won 53% more convictions (391 vs. 256). Some cases result in multiple convictions and in the southwest, cops and judges that got convicted and gone to prison got killed by inmates that were biker gang members before going to prison for robbery and murder.
Federal records show the vast majority of police brutality cases were during the warm and hot months in the south and southwest and police were targeting biker gang members by going into their homes and businesses while they were away and stealing cash and other things to get money for and tempers often go up with the temperature. Violence between biker gangs and law enforcement tends to increase in the south and southwest and especially during the warm and hot months according to federal records.