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Why You Need a Police Brutality Attorney

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Although many honest police officers exist all over the country, corrupt and abusive ones are still an issue. When police officers abuse their power, innocent civilians can find themselves trapped in dangerous situations that result in physical or psychological injuries.

Police brutality is a serious problem. Strong legal actions can be pursued with the help of a police brutality attorney.

A victim of police brutality is someone that has had their civil rights violated. Therefore, the person is in every right to seek legal counsel and receive justice and compensation for the harm an officer may have caused.

What does police brutality look like?

Police misconduct can take many forms, which can range from mild to severe, depending on the situation.

Some of these include:

  • Excessive use of force in the form of beatings
  • Officers engaging in violent tackling or choking
  • The use of harmful chemical substances like pepper spray
  • Applying handcuffs too tightly so as to cause injury
  • Abusing police power by coercing or blackmailing the victim
  • Discriminating a person because of his/her race, sexual orientation, or disability
  • Sexually assaulting the victim
  • Firing a weapon against a person who did not pose an immediate threat of death of serious bodily injury to anyone

If you’ve been a victim of police brutality, chances are you have experienced severe physical injuries such as bruising, broken bones, internal bleeding, and lacerations, as well as psychological trauma.

When you or a loved one has gone through such a traumatic experience, having a professional police brutality attorney – more commonly referred to as a “civil rights attorney” – is essential.

A victim’s rights after a police brutality event

In many circumstances, if a police officer has abused power, threatened, and/or injured you, they have violated your civil rights.

Being the victim of police brutality means that your state and Constitutional rights have also been violated; this entitles you to file a claim against the police officer responsible under state and federal law.

It’s crucial to hire an attorney who’s familiar with the specific laws of the state where the unlawful acts occurred. A police brutality attorney in California will have particular knowledge and expertise due to how the state treats these cases, especially if your case involved excessive use of force.

The type of claim you file depends on many factors, including what the police officer did. However, it’s typical for cases like these to be filed under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 of the federal Civil Rights Act.

Why is hiring a police brutality attorney important?

An experienced police brutality attorney is the best person to handle civil rights claims and make sure you get the results you deserve. Only they know to act fast and how to open an investigation as soon as the events have transpired.

Getting the right attorney means obtaining valuable recommendations regarding evidence and documentation. Experienced civil rights attorneys often advise taking photos, seeking immediate medical attention, or collecting contact information for every witness at the scene (but leaving the interviews for the attorney!).

Hiring a skilled attorney for you or your loved one can guarantee that you are fairly compensated for such a traumatic and unfortunate situation. Only with the right attorney by your side can you make sure the police officer in question is held accountable for his or her actions.

Haddad & Sherwin LLP has a long, successful track record winning wrongful death and other serious civil rights claims for police and jail officer misconduct, throughout Northern and Central California.  Call or email us for a free consultation.

This content about Police Brutality Attorney was written by a third party and does not represent the views or opinions of Haddad & Sherwin LLP, nor should it be construed as a complete and accurate statement of the law or as legal advice.  For better information about this topic, please contact Haddad & Sherwin LLP.