Police oppressionPolice oppression
is oppressive or unfavorable acts by the law enforcement officers
, sometimes forcing citizens
to break the law
. It may be caused by excessive police funding, unreasonably low speed limits, unreasonable toll booths
, unreasonably high toll booth charges, highly controversial or pointless laws, or oppressive rulers or regimes. Police oppression can also be violent or brutality and pose a menance to society. It can also be based on race or religious beliefs.
A notable instance was in Seattle, Washington, at the 1999 WTO
protest when police violently attacked scores of unarmed nonviolent protesters, suspended freedom of assembly, and then arrested several hundred and held them for days. No one was found guilty, but by the time the charges were cleared it was several months later.
See also: speed trap, police brutality