As a society, we relegate the function of keeping citizens safe and apprehending criminals to our law enforcement agencies. Police officers take on this dangerous job because they want to protect good citizens, and most of them do that quite well. There are times, however, when the high stress levels of this occupation takes its toll, and police officers step beyond their bounds and seemingly become the menace rather than the protector.
While some of those incidents are accidental, there are still others where the actions of the police become intentionally abusive.
This comes down to a betrayal of trust, and anyone who has been at the wrong end of unwarranted police brutality needs to seek help from a personal injury attorney experienced with these types of claims. You have rights as a citizen, and at Avrek Law Firm, we are very serious about protecting them.
When suing a public entity, such as a police department or an employee of the department, there are laws that are specific to that entity that must be followed. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about this complex area of law, and our over 30 years of combined experience enable us to effectively handle police brutality claims. We help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.
Please see our results page where our client was awarded $1.25 million in a police brutality case.
Types of Police Brutality
When police brutality or other misconduct results in a victim being injured, it usually falls under one or more of these typical categories:
- Physical violence that was unnecessary or excessive
- Shootings that exceed guidelines
- Overuse of Tasers, pepper spray, police dogs, batons
- Using restraints in a manner that goes beyond what’s needed
- Strip searches that exceed the boundaries of protocol
- Racial profiling or other discrimination
- Sexual assault
Your Civil Rights
When police brutality occurs, it’s a violation of a person’s civil rights. Unless the police can show there was a substantiated and clear reason for their actions, these rights cannot be ignored.
Some of these rights include:
- The right of due process, as granted by the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution
- The Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches
- Civil rights granted under the Civil Rights Act of 1871 (42 U.S.C. §1983)
Did the police victimize you?
If you have been the victim of police brutality, it’s important to write down exactly what happened as soon as you can. Take many photos from different angles of any physical injuries. Get medical help right away. If possible, obtain the contact information of any witnesses to the incident.
We know that the majority of police officers manage to fulfill their duties without the need for any unnecessary or excessive forceful actions. We are here to fight for your rights, however, if officers violated them by exceeding their bounds.
Contact us online or call 1-877-959-5556 to set up a free case review.We can answer all of your questions and advise you regarding your options. We serve Irvine, Riverside, and surrounding communities in California.