Police Brutality Glossary
Affidavit – A printed or written declaration or statement under oath.
Allegation – A declaration, assertion, or statement of a party to an action made in a pleading, stating what is expected to be proven.
Deposition – According to the rules of the court, sworn testimony taken and recorded in an authorized place outside of the courtroom.
Evidence – Any form of proof legally presented at a trial through records, documents, witnesses, and more.
Fine – A fee that is imposed upon someone guilty of a crime as punishment for the offense.
Hearsay – Evidence based on what a witness has heard another individual say, rather than what the witness has personally seen or experienced.
Infraction – A minor law violation that is usually punishable with a fine.
Petition – A written request application for remedy available under law.
Public Defender – A lawyer employed by the public to defend individuals who are facing criminal charges and cannot afford an attorney.
Witness – Someone who testifies under oath before a court, regarding what he/she has heard, seen or otherwise observed.