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Police are hardly ever prosecuted for alleged civil rights violations

Police are hardly ever prosecuted for alleged civil rights violations Mashable We're using cookies to improve your experience. Click Here to find out more. Mashable Mashable Mashable Australia Mashable France Mashable India Mashable UK Sign in Like Follow Follow Mashable see more  > Search Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop More Channels Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop Company About Us Licensing & Reprints Archive Mashable Careers Contact Contact Us Submit News Advertise Advertise Legal Privacy Policy Terms of Use Cookie Policy Apps iPhone / iPad Android Resources Subscriptions Sites Mashable Shop Job Board Social Good Summit World Like Follow Follow Police are hardly ever prosecuted for alleged civil rights violations 369 Shares Share Tweet Share What's This? Kielah Harbert  faces off with a line of police at Enterprise Holdings on Aug. 10, 2015, in Clayton, Missouri.Image: J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP By Colin Daileda 2016-03-14 18:34:37 UTC The Department of Justice has acted in just 4% of alleged civil rights violation by police officers in the past 20 years, a new report reveals. An investigation by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  found that the Justice Department often declined to investigate further due to a lack of evidence, or a lack of criminal intent by the officer — the burden of proof required by a Supreme Court ruling in 1945. SEE ALSO: Justice Department launches review of San Francisco Police over Mario Woods shooting The Tribune found that the Justice Department turned down 12,703 out of 13,233 alleged civil rights violations by police during the years 1995 to 2015, or 96% of the total.  St. Louis police arrest a protester outside the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse, on Aug. 10, 2015. Image: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson When it came to other potential crimes by police officers, the DOJ declined to pursue an average of 23% of cases.  Prosecutors often describe charging a police officer with a civil rights violation as one of the most difficult jobs in the business. In 1945, the Supreme Court held that officers must have intended to commit civil rights violations in order to be charged with them.  Recklessness or negligence are not a sufficient standard.  Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Topics: civil rights violation , Department of Justice , police , U.S. , World About Us Jobs Advertise Subscribe Privacy Terms Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2005-2016 Mashable, Inc. Reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited. All Rights Reserved. Designed in collaboration with Code & Theory