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According to a February 2012 report by WGN.com, a man who allegedly received a beating in June of 2010 while in custody of the North Chicago police department is joining 18 others who are coming forward, alleging that he was a victim of police brutality. The apparent beating was captured by the North Chicago department’s own surveillance cameras in a police interview room. Additionally, the Chcago Tribune reports that since 2005, “at least 10 lawsuits and six other complaints of excessive police force have been filed against North Chicago, including a fatal shooting that prompted the city to pay a settlement of about $1 million.” This wave of police misconduct has lead to the paid suspension of North Chicago police Chief Mike Newsome.

The Law Offices of Malman Law is astounded by the level of brutality exercised by many police officers while arresting individuals or dealing with the public. Although the majority of police officers are immensely valuable to our society and do a great job keeping us safe, there are always a few police officers who abuse their duty through unjustifiably violent actions.

 

Police brutality can include excessive physical force, physical assault, verbal abuse, violent threats, false arrests, sexual abuse or assault, intimidation, racial profiling, or other kinds of discrimination by police officers, prison guards, and law enforcement officers or officials. The psychological and emotional trauma that comes from this type of brutality can be severe, especially as law enforcement officers are entrusted with protecting people, not violating or abusing them.

Not only is any kind of violence inflicted by any person wrongful and illegal–but police brutality is a violation of Section 1983 of the Federal Civil Rights Act. Section 1983 allows individuals to sue state actors in state or federal courts for such civil rights violations.

There is no excuse for police brutality or civil rights violations. It is a violation of a person’s civil rights. If you feel you have been subjected to police brutality, contact a Chicago personal injury attorney today.

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  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.naopia.com/selection-process.

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

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