Many police abuse cases have surfaced in recent years. A well-known North Carolina police abuse case pertained to a prison inmate named Bill Rayburn. Rayburn claimed that he was attacked on four separate occasions in a brutal manner with pepper spray. Rayburn, on all four occasions, had called for assistance and was then attacked with the spray. Rayburn won a $10,000 injury settlement and was transferred to a new prison.
Other North Carolina police abuse cases involve an overly forceful crowd control situation in which police officers tasered individuals without reason. Another North Carolina police abuse case involved a young man from Greensboro, North Carolina. The individual was horribly beaten and kicked numerous times while he was being arrested. Videos of the arrest show that the individual was not resisting arrest and did not initiate the fight with the officer, nor did he fight back.
Often, police abuse cases go without being uncovered or discussed because of the fear the law enforcement holds over other individuals. Police abuse can include verbal abuse, sexual assaults, threats, physical abuse, and blackmail.