We hear a lot in the news about police officers abusing their power and committing acts of police brutality. As a general rule, law enforcement officials have a lot of power to carry out their duties as they see fit. However, the Constitution and other federal and state laws place limits on just how far a police officer can go when attempting to enforce the law. Unfortunately, some officers go too far, so far as to violate the rights of citizens. When this happens, the victim may have the right to recourse through state and federal laws. Our civil rights dictate that we should all be protected from abuse by the government, and this includes police misconduct.