Police officers have the responsibility and the duty to treat members of the public with respect and regard to their civil rights at all times. However, this is not always the case in reality. Officers sometimes handle individuals with excessive physical force and others fail to intervene to protect the victims. These violations are known as police misconduct.
Defining, proving, and recovering compensation for damages related to police misconduct can be difficult. Police officers have immunity to lawsuits related to their actions while performing their jobs correctly, which means that an officer has a wide berth of acceptable actions to take as long as he or she is acting within the scope of his or her work. Police misconduct is defined as behavior that goes beyond this boundary and causes a victim to suffer substantial harm.
Police misconduct can take many forms. Often, it is the use of excessive or unnecessary force to subdue an individual under arrest, which can include:
Other types of police misconduct include:
If you suffered an injury and other damages related to your treatment by police, such as psychological trauma, you have the right to seek compensation for these damages through a police misconduct lawsuit. In order to recover compensation, you must prove that the officer’s treatment was not appropriate for the situation you faced. This can be done by providing evidence to support your claim, such as:
You have the right to be treated fairly and humanely by law enforcement. If you suffered mistreatment at the hands of an officer, contact our team of experienced police misconduct lawyers at Marshall Forman & Schlein LLC to schedule your initial consultation in our office. We can examine your case and work with you to develop an effective legal strategy for your case.
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