However, sometimes, police officers use excessive force for no good reason, leaving people unfairly hurt and traumatized. These instances of police brutality can lead to a number of serious injuries, including:
If you or a family member has been injured during a confrontation or interaction with police, it is vital to know your rights and understand the law. If you can prove the the police used excessive force or that they did not conduct themselves in a lawful manner, they are obligated to pay for damages and they must take responsibility for their actions. You may be able to collect compensation for:
At Malman Law, we are on your side, and we want to hear your side of the story. Even if you or your loved one was guilty of a related crime, the involved police brutality could still have been illegal and wrong. Call our offices today at (888) 836-5975 to schedule a free case review with an experienced Chicago police brutality attorney.
Instances of excessive force and police misconduct have increased in recent years, and with this increase has come a public outcry for justice. As many groups, including law enforcement groups, work to solve the growing issue of police misconduct, a few themes regarding the root cause of police misconduct have surfaced, including:
None of these root causes of police misconduct are excuses for misconduct to happen. Regardless of the cause of your police brutality incident, the police officer and police department may be responsible for what happened, and they need to take responsibility for the consequences.
It is also important to note that many of the above issues related to police brutality can be confronted through filing a police brutality claim. Standing up for yourself with the help of an attorney can draw attention to the issue, make the at-fault parties responsible for their actions, and get “bad apple” cops off the streets for good.
Perhaps the most tragic police brutality cases are the ones that involve a fatality. Sadly, in 2015, an average of two people in the United States were fatally wounded by law enforcement every day. While in some cases police were acting in self-defense or in order to protect the public, in other cases, citizens were killed due to the use of excessive force or because of police misconduct.
Fatal instances of police excessive force may involve:
Losing a loved one in a police brutality case is extremely painful – and often has serious emotional and financial consequences. Talk to a Chicago wrongful death attorney about your possible case to find out if you deserve compensation.
Our police make vows to protect and to serve. When they break that vow, they are breaking the law. If you or a loved one has been harmed by law enforcement officers, and you believe that the officer or officers were abusive or excessive, you may deserve compensation and justice. It is important to make certain that the officer is punished for his or her actions, and also that you receive the compensation that will help you return your life to normal.
2 years ago I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet
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