Chicago, IL Police Brutality Lawyers
Police brutality can happen to anyone. While we are all familiar with some of the most notorious cases of proven and alleged police brutality in our nation’s history, many, many more cases go under the radar. People from all walks of life can become victims, and as victims, they are entitled to just compensation. If you believe that you may be a victim of police brutality in the Chicago area, the attorneys at Malman Law are here to help you enforce your legal rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Understanding Police Brutality and Use of Excessive Force
The U.S. Constitution protects all citizens against the use of excessive force by police officers. Police officers have a duty to enforce the law, and in order to uphold that duty they are authorized to use a reasonable amount of force as dictated by the circumstances of a particular altercation or arrest. However, many officers exceed their authorization, and use improper, excessive force that can result in serious personal injuries or wrongful death.
If you are a victim of police brutality, your Constitutional rights have been violated, and you are entitled to seek compensation under The Civil Rights Act of 1871.
This law gives you the right to sue for state or federal officers’ use of excessive force, such as:
- Intimidation tactics
- Physical assaults, such as kicking or punching
- Police shootings
- Unreasonable restraints
- Use of Tasers and pepper spray
- Abusive verbal attacks
Police brutality cases often involve situations of false arrest. In order to arrest you, the police must have “probable cause” to do so. Probable cause is another Constitutional requirement, which provides that the police cannot arrest a person unless they have a reasonable basis for believing that they have committed a crime. Like use of excessive force, making an arrest without probable cause is a civil rights violation that can give rise to a claim for compensation under The Civil Rights Act of 1871.
However, you do not need to be innocent in order to be a victim of police brutality.
Many people mistakenly believe that if they are guilty of a crime, any use of force is reasonable in connection with their arrest. But, this is not the case. If the arresting officers use excessive force – regardless of whether or not you have actually committed a crime – you are a victim of police brutality and you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
Police Brutality is Pervasive
While some cases of police brutality make national headlines, the reality is that these high-profile cases represent just a small sampling of the pervasive use of excessive force during police arrests. If you believe you may be a victim of police brutality, you are not alone. In fact, studies have shown that:
- More than one percent of individuals who have contact with the police report the use or threatened use of force.
- Of those who experienced use of force, an astonishing 74 percent felt that the use of force was excessive, and 84 percent believed that the police officers involved acted improperly.
- Only 40 percent of those who experienced the use of force were arrested during the incident.
Research has also shown that males are more likely than females to experience police use of force, and that African Americans are more likely to be victimized than whites and Hispanics. Regardless of your personal circumstances, if you have experienced excessive use of force in an altercation with the police, we encourage you to contact us right away for a free consultation.
We Fight for Victims of Police Brutality
At Malman Law, we fight vigorously to protect the civil rights of victims of police brutality. Our lawyers regularly represent clients who have suffered all types of injuries, including life-altering spinal cord injuries and brain damage. We have helped over 15,000 clients recover more than $200 million in financial compensation, and we can help you take on the government and fight for the compensation you deserve.
In police brutality cases, we work closely with trusted experts and forensic investigators to collect evidence to support our clients’ claims. The incident may have been caught on tape, and if so we can seek to obtain the recording and use it at trial. Police brutality cases often involve claims against the individual officers involved as well as the local police department or other government agency. We will seek maximum compensation from all of the parties responsible for your injuries.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Civil Rights Lawyer at Malman Law
Our consultations are free and completely confidential, and all clients receive our zero-fee guarantee. To discuss your police brutality case with one of our experienced attorneys, call our Chicago law offices at (888) 625-6265 or request a free consultation online today.