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Victim of Assault By A Police Officer

You may have a claim for damages if you are the victim of police assault or if a public agency denied you your constitutional rights or violated the law.

If this has happened to you, it is vital to contact a personal injury attorney to file a claim for damages and get the correct compensation.

The phrase that the policeman is your friend is hard to tell children after there have been various examples of police misconduct and brutality in the past years. The general public simply does not have the faith and confidence in police officers that existed in the past.

You might be scared to file a claim against a police officer but it might be vital to protect your rights and the rights of your family.

Examples of Police Assault
Some examples of police assault that a personal injury lawyer can sue for damages include:
  • Victims of excessive force, police brutality or other police misconduct
  • Injured as a result of a police chase
  • Shot or assaulted by a police officer
  • Discriminated against by a public agency because of their race, religion, gender or ethnicity
  • Denied their right to free speech, peaceful assembly and other rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution
In every case, your attorney will thoroughly investigate the facts of your case and bring suit against the appropriate police agency or police department.  Some suits against governmental agencies must be filed within certain time frames to meet the statue of limitations for these type of claims.

Police misconduct is a phrase that refers to any illegal actions that can be liable taken by police, including police brutality, assault, excessive force, harassment, false or warrant less arrests, malicious prosecution, and illegal search and seizure. 

You need to know your rights and that police just can’t come into your home without a warrant. They also cannot forcefully hurt you without just cause.  If you are being arrested it is not necessary to for authorities to use excessive force when cuffing you.  If you were hurt during an arrest you may be able to prove you were assaulted by the police officers. Police officers also cannot engage in conduct that deprives any person of any of their  constitutional rights..

Potential Recovery
The damages from police assault can be in the millions because they are violating your rights and in some cases are physically hurting you, so contact a personal injury attorney or accident lawyer as soon as the assault occurs.

For example, a federal jury in a civil trial awarded $4 million to a man whose lawsuit alleged that Chicago police officers assaulted him with a screwdriver during a drug arrest. Coprez Coffie brought the lawsuit against the police and the city, and the jury found both parties liable for monetary damages. According to reports, Coffie said that he was assaulted in 2004. One officer reportedly sodomized him with the screwdriver while the other officer did nothing to stop him.

This is a ghastly act by a supposed “peace officer” and should be handled by a personal injury attorney to get proper compensation.

Another example has Patrick Lee in 2005 tasered by police 19 times, sprayed with pepper spray and beaten with police batons for reportedly resisting arrest. Lee died as a result of police assault.  Lee’s parents sued the local government, the officers and Taser international for wrongful death.

The national average among large police departments for excessive-force complaints is 9.5 per 100 full-time officers.

As you can see, the excessive force and police assault rate is high and will continue to grow unless you come forward and file a lawsuit through a personal injury attorney.
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