Law enforcement officers take an oath to serve and protect the community. Yet, too often there are reports of abuse filed by victims of police brutality.
Police brutality can involve any excessive use of force, or assault or verbal abuse by a law enforcement officer.
This is against the law. An officer cannot violate the civil rights of any individual; if they are found guilty of doing so, they or their agency can be held liable for any damaged caused.
Police brutality can occur in many situations and manifest in many ways, including:
- False arrests – police are only allowed to detain a person on the grounds of reasonable suspicion or probable cause that they committed a crime
- Police misconduct – this occurs when an individual’s Constitutional rights are violated, such as in the fabrication of evidence
- Abuse of power – when an officer uses his or her rights and privileges for person gain and not the protection of the public
- Shootings – There are specific laws that govern exactly what a police officer may or may not do with a weapon or physical force, and when – including Taser guns, stun guns and assault
If you have been arrested and feel that the police officer was unjust, many of the factors involved can be subject to interpretation as to what is considered reasonable. Facing police brutality can be a tarrying situation and make you feel as though you are up against an unbeatable force.
If you or a loved one has been victimized by a law enforcement officer, contact the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi. We can represent you and fight on your behalf to defend your rights. We have an office in Fort Lee, New Jersey and one in New York City for your convenience. Call for a free no obligation consultation, its confidential.
When you are the victim of police brutality, you are entitled to justice.