Federal Police Oversight: Criminal Civil Rights Violations Under 18 U.S.C. § 242 [June 15, 2020] [open pdf - 639KB]
From the Document: "The May 2020 death of George Floyd in police custody and subsequent nationwide protests against the use of force by law enforcement have sparked heightened interest in Congress's ability to prevent and remedy civil rights abuses by public safety officers. Among other existing legal remedies, a provision of the federal criminal code, 18 U.S.C. § 242 (Section 242) makes it a crime for government officials, including law enforcement officers, to subject any person to a deprivation of federally protected rights or impose different punishments based on a person's race. This Sidebar provides an overview of Section 242 before discussing proposals to amend the law, as well as certain legal considerations related to those proposals."
CRS Legal Sidebar, LSB10495
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/