Police Misconduct and Brutality
Police officers are often put in dangerous and life-threatening situations that test their physical and emotional health beyond the limits. Officers have the right to use force when necessary to apprehend a suspect or halt a crime in progress, but when they abuse this power, they violate the constitutional and civil rights of those that they have sworn to protect. Victims of police misconduct and brutality have the right to hold these officers liable for their damages.
Pennsylvania civil rights lawyers at Williams Cedar help victims of police misconduct and brutality claim the justice they deserve. Our team of civil litigation lawyers upholds the state and federal laws that protect citizens from violation of their constitutional and civil rights. We work diligently to demand justice and compensation for your injuries and the damages you have suffered at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve you.
Types of Police Misconduct
It is understandable that police officers can sometimes overreact in a tense and highly stressful situation, but when they purposefully and willfully engage in conduct that is illegal, they are not above legal consequences. Police misconduct can include such actions as planting weapons or drugs on a person or their property to cover up inappropriate actions; embezzlement of money, drugs, or property confiscated in an arrest or search; conducting illegal searches without proper cause; or physically abusing or assaulting those in custody or under arrest.
Police misconduct can also include false arrest, sexual harassment or racial profiling, withholding or destroying evidence that could help prove someone’s innocence, unwarranted strip searches, and denial of medical attention.
The Effects of Police Misconduct and Police Brutality can be Devastating
Victims of police brutality and misconduct can suffer long lasting or permanent physical and emotional scarring. Physical injuries can include broken bones, neck or spinal injuries, electrocution from overuse of tasers, allergic reactions and eye injuries from pepper spray, and even death when medical attention is denied. Emotional scars include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and loss of trust in law enforcement officials. Victims can suffer social stigma when they are accused or imprisoned under false pretenses.
For those who are arrested or imprisoned, they may lose their job or be barred from certain employment opportunities when falsely accused of stealing, robbery, or sexual misconduct. When these individuals suffer loss of employment, they face the risk of losing their homes and personal property when they can no longer afford them. Families of these individuals suffer as well when parents or children are wrongly arrested or imprisoned. Even when wrongful convictions or arrests have been overturned, the damage to a person’s reputation can be irreparable.
Holding Police Officers Liable for Personal Injuries and Damages
If you believe you have been a victim of police brutality or misconduct, it is imperative to consult with an experienced civil rights lawyer. The civil rights litigation team at Williams Cedar work tirelessly to help victims of police misconduct and brutality hold the officers responsible for their pain and suffering legally accountable. Compensation for your injuries, as well as damages for your pain and suffering may be available to you.
Victims of police brutality and misconduct can sue individual police officers, and in the appropriate circumstance, their superiors and even the police department responsible for training and supervising the offending officers.
Pennsylvania Civil Rights Lawyers at Williams Cedar Represent Victims of Police Brutality and Misconduct
The experienced Pennsylvania civil rights lawyers at Williams Cedar are dedicated to helping victims of police brutality and misconduct claim the justice and compensation they deserve. If you or someone you know has suffered injury or has been fatally injured as a result of police brutality or misconduct, call us at 215-557-0099, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.