On Saturday around 2 am, police officers in Dover, New Jersey allegedly used excessive force on a man during an arrest. The 19-year-old man from Morristown, New Jersey purportedly had a warrant out for his arrest on domestic violence charges. During the arrest, which was captured on video, the officers allegedly engaged in physical violence and used pepper spray against the man while restraining him. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of the Office of the Attorney General, will conduct an investigation regarding the arrest because the precipitating factors remain unclear.
A mild degree of force may be used to settle a suspect while an arrest is taking place, but unfortunately, excessive amounts that are unwarranted may seriously injure the victim and violate the individual’s rights. It is exponentially worse if a false arrest leads to violence against an innocent victim. Police officers may be liable if they exert too much force and hurt or fatally injure an unsuspecting victim or a suspect in a crime.
If you or someone you love became injured during an arrest due to police brutality or misconduct, our South Jersey civil rights lawyers at Williams Cedar will discuss the best course of legal action to take. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online. From our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we serve clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.