Long Beach Police Brutality Attorneys
Due to the dangers of their job, police officers are given authority to use physical, or even deadly, force. This makes sense when you consider that a policeman, at any time, may be forced to confront an armed and dangerous criminal. No one disagrees with a police officer's right to use force when defending themselves or protecting the public, but what about instances where law enforcement uses more force than necessary? You only need to open a newspaper or turn on the evening news to hear examples or allegations of police using excessive force. While this issue has always been around, it has increasingly come to the forefront in the last year due to several questionable police shootings of unarmed suspects.
If you or a family member has been a victim of police brutality, it is important to take quick action and contact a qualified Long Beach civil rights lawyer. Because law enforcement personnel are acting as agents of the government, legal proceedings against them can be difficult and intimidating. For this reason, you need a strong and experienced advocate at your side. The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV has an experienced team of Long Beach civil rights attorneys who will stand by you and fight for you against a tough opponent. Contact us at toll-free (888) 454-5569 for a free case analysis and a breakdown of your legal options.
Police brutality is the use of unreasonable force to detain or arrest an individual that results in serious injury. If you are complying with an officer and following their instructions, they have no justification for using force. But, for instance, if you are trying to escape an officer and they are forced to tackle you, the resulting injuries are not considered police brutality. However, if the use of force continues after you are subdued; it would be considered police brutality.
Yes and no. Due to the cronyism of many police departments, it may not be the best idea to report your police brutality allegations to the internal affairs division of that department. A better idea would be to make a report to your local Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office. The FBI is required by law to investigate allegations of police abuse and corruption.
There are several ways in which police brutality may violate your Constitutional rights. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. An example would be being stopped on the street and frisked for no apparent reason.
If you feel that the police brutality you suffered was the result of racial, religious, sexual, or age bias, the officer may have violated your Fourteenth Amendment rights which promise equal protection under the law for all citizens.
Due to law enforcement's legal right to use reasonable force, your case will depend on the particular circumstances surrounding the incident. This is why you need a seasoned Long Beach legal team to represent you. In addition to legal action, you may also be entitled to civil action regarding your injuries. The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV will prepare the best possible case for you and stand by you throughout the proceedings. Call us today at (888) 454-5569 for a free consultation. You are not in this fight alone.
Police Brutality Case Result
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