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According to a February 2012 report by, 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

  • 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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  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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