It's a common misassumption that the terms "police misconduct" and "police brutality" are interchangeable. Under the law, though, police misconduct is a much broader term that includes police brutality. Police brutality necessarily involves the use of force, whether with weapons, batons, feet or fists. Police misconduct can involve any act of a law enforcement officer that is illegal, unethical, unconstitutional or against established employment guidelines.
STUDY SHOWS THAT MINORITIES ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY VICTIMS
In a study conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, documents show that over a seven year period, local law enforcement officers shot and killed an average of 400 people a year, and that about one in four were black persons shot by white officers (approximately 96 per year). Of the African-Americans who died during the years of the study, one in five was under the age of 21. For white victims, one in twelve was under 21.