Your civil rights are important and there is no reason for them to be impeded upon.
Police brutality can involve any excessive use of force, or assault or verbal abuse by a law enforcement officer. A badge and a uniform do not give police officers the right to abuse their authority.
It is against the law for an officer to violate the civil rights of any individual and if they are found guilty of doing so, they or their agency can be held liable for any damages and expenses caused.
Police brutality can occur in many situations and manifest in many ways, including:
- Shootings, Taser guns, stun guns and assault – A weapon should only be drawn as a last resort when absolutely necessary and no undue physical force used
- Misconduct – Occurs when the Constitutional rights of a citizen are violated, such as fabricating evidence
- Abuse of power – When an officer uses his or her rights and privileges for personal gain, rather than the protection of the public
- False arrests – Police can only detain people on the grounds of reasonable suspicion or probable cause that they have committed a crime. Where this is violated, an injustice has occurred
Facing police brutality can be a terrifying situation and make you feel as though you are up against an unbeatable force. Many of the factors involved can be subject to interpretation as to what is considered reasonable, and it takes a solid defense to fight for justice.
If you have been falsely arrested or been a victim of excessive force by the police, an attorney at the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi can represent you in achieving justice, and fight on your behalf to defend your rights.
Contact us in our Fort Lee, New Jersey or New York City office today. You can visit us online and fill out our contact form.