The job of a police officer is unpredictable and exposes them to parts of humanity that are emotionally overwhelming. While they are trained for almost any situation, some police may use too much force. If a police officer uses excessive force and someone gets hurt, the injured person does have options. No one should be brutalized by those they are meant to protect.
In the case of police brutality that you or a loved one may have experienced, it is important to hold the officers involved accountable. Filing a civil claim against those involved could result in financial compensation that you may be entitled to. Increasing your odds of success in these types of claims increase when you hire an attorney from The Law Firm of William A. Walsh. Our police brutality attorneys can review the facts of your case to help determine what you may be entitled to and then represent you in litigation in order to maximize the compensation you deserve.
A person who experiences a violation of their civil rights from a law enforcement officer is said to have experienced a form of police brutality. These violations can occur in physical, mental, or verbal forms.
While many officers perform their job duties and operate within state and federal laws, some officers may act beyond the scope of their duties, violating a person's civil rights. The following are some examples of police brutality:
There are several options available to you, in addition to any potential legal claim, if you or a loved one feel they have been a victim of police brutality. With the help of an experienced attorney, you should pursue all options available to not only hold accountable the officer or officers involved but also to help spark necessary changes to individual officers and departments. Some of the available options may include the following:
No matter which route you and your attorney choose to take, you are not responsible to prove that force was used beyond a reasonable doubt; you only need to prove there is a preponderance of the evidence that there was the use of excessive force.
When filing a civil claim, there are certain damages that you could be awarded if you are successful in proving you were the victim of police brutality. Each case is unique and filled with unique circumstances; however, you may be entitled to compensation for any of the following reasons:
In addition to these damages, the hope is that your claim can help highlight the deficiencies in hiring or training routines for law enforcement and help a department revisit its policies and procedures to ensure the behavior is isolated and not repeated.
While many respect and appreciate the lifesaving and life-altering work of police officers, there are many situations where a police officer may take advantage of those job elements and justify the wrongful treatment of others behind the veil of the job. One instance of police brutality is one too many, but it is sadly something that has affected the lives of many people across the United States and in Granbury.
There should be trust built with the police, not fear. However, when you or a loved one is mentally, emotionally, or physically hurt by a police officer through their violation of your civil rights, you may be entitled to compensation. If you feel you are the victim of police brutality, contact The Law Firm of William A. Walsh. With the help of our attorneys, we can review your case's facts and help determine the options available to you.