What is Police Brutality & Excessive Force?

Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 18-Feb-2016

Police officers are granted broad powers in the course of their duties. While the majority of officers are responsible in regards to this responsibility, there are unfortunately others who abuse their power and go beyond the limits of “reasonable force.” Cases of police using excessive force against citizens in the course of their duties are all too common in the news, and can result in serious injury and/or death. When officers overstep their bounds, they violate the rights of citizens and can be held accountable for their actions.

Take, for example, the recent case out of Spring Valley High School in South Carolina, where a police officer flipped a student’s desk and dragged them across the floor during an arrest. The officer has since been fired and has reportedly been sued twice in the past. Consider also the case of a 77-year-old blind Colorado man who suffered a bleeding head wound after being slammed into a ticket counter by an officer at a bus station. The victim, now 80, has recently been awarded more than $400,000 by a Colorado jury in compensatory and punitive damages for the brutal officer’s uncalled-for actions.

Other examples of police brutality include unlawful imprisonment, illegal search and seizure, racial profiling, false arrest, malicious prosecution, wrongful shootings, sexual assault, and Taser injuries.

What are My Rights in a Police Brutality Case?

Civil rights laws exist to create a balance between the duty of police officers to uphold our nation’s laws and the right of individuals to be free from excessive force by police. A victim of police brutality may have recourse through state and federal law in a civil rights case. In these types of cases, a thorough investigation is necessary to uncover evidence proving the misconduct. Since police officers are, in many cases, immune from lawsuits, this step is critical. Records, statements from witnesses and police, and various other pieces of documentation can help prove that police misconduct took place.

Since the outcome of a case can hinge on the quality of the investigation, it is crucial to secure experienced representation in a police brutality case. The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP has a reputation of excellence backed by more than 100 years of experience. We are prepared to discuss your case at no cost to you and help you understand your rights and legal options.

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