When Police Brutality Causes Injury Or Death And Violates Rights
Police brutality is not just frightening and outrageous to those affected by it. It is also an affront to a perception of safety for all of us. Anyone could be the target of excessive force by law enforcement agents, but news reports often show people in marginalized groups at the receiving end. The results may include serious injuries, including fatal ones leading to wrongful death claims.
Emotional distress and the loss of one’s dignity are real for those harmed by violent actions by the police. Many people develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after suffering brutal attacks. They may miss work, require therapy and have a hard time getting back to a normal life after suffering a beating by police officers.
At Ellwanger Henderson, we stand up for civil rights and justice for all. Our lawyers offer free consultations and customized case strategies for the sake of people who have been targeted by police brutality.
How Do I Make Sure My Rights Are Protected During A Police Interaction?
The law enforcement officer needs probable cause to pull you over, and they should tell you why you got pulled over. Police also need probable cause to search your vehicle. To minimize the chance of a confrontation, you should follow the police officer’s directions, including getting out of your vehicle if the officer asks you to. Cooperation is key, so be ready to show your license and registration.
You do have the right to record the stop with your phone. If you are taken to jail by law enforcement, remember that you have the right to remain silent. If you feel that your rights may have been violated, call us for a consultation.
What Constitutes Police Misconduct?
Police misconduct occurs when law enforcement officers commit illegal or improper acts against the people they are supposed to protect. A few common examples of police misconduct include:
- Excessive force
- Unnecessary or excessive stun gun use
- Unlawful arrest or detention
- Sexual assault
- Theft of property
If you experienced one or more of these acts at the hands of a police officer, you deserve to stand up for your civil rights and hold the perpetrator accountable.
When Does “Reasonable Force” Become “Police Brutality?”
In some situations where it is necessary for a police officer to protect their own life or the life of another person or to detain someone, they have the right to use force. However, they are allowed to use only the minimum amount of force necessary to defend themselves, defend another person or apprehend the suspect. Any more crosses the line into police brutality.
Turn To Our Experienced Attorneys For Counsel, Advocacy And Relief
Let us know if you were:
- Denied timely medical treatment while in custody
- Treated differently because of your race, national origin or religion
Our attorneys bring their passion for the pursuit of justice to the table for each person who has suffered injustices from police, jail or prison guards, or any public authority. On the national stage, our partner, David Henderson, responds to frequent requests from public news media outlets for commentary on high-profile police brutality cases, such as the Derek Chauvin trial after the murder of George Floyd.
When we review the facts of your case, we will consider all possibilities, such as helping you file a lawsuit over the loss of your rights when you were the target of police brutality. At Ellwanger Henderson, we consider each client’s case to have as much importance as a case in the national spotlight does.