Police Brutality &
Excessive Force

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There are times when police must use force, such as when a perpetrator lashes out violently or resists arrest, or when other civilians are in danger.

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:

  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
  • Back, neck, and spine injuries
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Joint, ligament, and tendon injuries
  • Contusions and lacerations
  • Death

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:

  • Your medical bill and injuries
  • Your lost wages or loss of future wages
  • Your out-of-pocket expenses
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Your emotional trauma

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.

Why Does Police Brutality & Police Misconduct Happen?

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:

  • Racial profiling
  • Improper police training
  • Inadequate police monitoring
  • Lack of consequences
  • The culture of some police forces
  • “Bad apples” on the police force
  • The militarization of some police forces

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.

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