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Police Brutality Lawyers
The police are responsible for making us feel safe and secure. However, far too frequently, reports of police misconduct leave individuals – particularly minorities and other vulnerable groups – with the opposite feelings.
The tragic events in Minneapolis and other cities throughout the United States following the death of George Floyd once again demonstrate the disturbing pattern of police misconduct against those they are charged to protect and serve.
If you or a loved one was the victim of police misconduct, civil rights attorneys at Texas Personal Injury Lawyers are here to help. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to fight for justice and compensation on your behalf.
Schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation right now.
What Is Considered Police Brutality?
Police brutality is a form of police misconduct in which law enforcement personnel use excessive or unwarranted force in a scenario that does not require it. Harassment, assault, and even death can all be included. Unnecessary physical force should be avoided if at all possible.
Types Of Police Brutality
While many law enforcement officials execute their responsibilities within the constraints of state and federal laws. However, there are some who go too far. Police brutality assaults your civil liberties under the Constitution. Even if you do everything the officer tells you during the encounter, this kind of abuse can occur at any time.
The Following Are Different Types Of Police Brutality In Texas:
- Excessive force
- Unnecessary use of force
- Unlawful arrest or detainment
- Unlawful search and seizure
- Wrongful confessions
- Falsified evidence
- Dangerous and/or unnecessary vehicle chases
- Prison abuse
- Misuse of authority (i.e. a police officer engages in sexual assault)
- Wrongful police shootings
- Wrongful death caused by a law enforcement official
- Failure to protect inmates
What Can You I To Address Police Brutality?
If you have been assaulted or lost a loved one as a consequence of police misconduct in Texas, you may be asking what options are available to you to address it. It is critical to engage the services of a qualified Texas police brutality lawyer at Texas Personal Injury Lawyers to evaluate your case and identify all available legal options.
The following are three major methods for addressing police misconduct:
- Internal complaint – Civilians can contact the internal affairs division of their local police department to report a specific officer. Internal investigations are conducted by the police department, and if warranted, the officer may be disciplined or dismissed. Unfortunately, many incidents reach conclusions in the officer’s internal file alone.
- Criminal complaint – Civilians may also file a formal complaint with the Texas District Attorney or the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. Although state and federal prosecutors decide whether to take action, they will not do so unless the circumstances and facts of the case are egregious. Grand juries, on the other hand, seldom indict police or judges frequently offer light punishments to convicted cops.
- Civil lawsuit – Civil lawsuits filed by individuals are the most powerful tool to combat police brutality, according to legal experts. Civil suits may not only be used to seek financial compensation but also to influence a police department’s policies on managing officers and dealing with officer misconduct in order to guarantee that such behavior doesn’t recur. A compelling lawsuit also contains claims that the officer violated a person’s constitutional rights. Due to their limited “immunity” from such lawsuits, strong cases must indicate the violation of fundamental rights.
What Should I Do If I Am The Victim Of Police Brutality?
Make a list of all the cops who have hurt you and their badge numbers. Find out which police department they’re from.
Get the names and badge numbers of any other cops who witnessed what occurred. Also, get the names and phone numbers of anybody else who may have been there during the incident.
Take a look around to see if any video cameras in the area captured the event. Keep track of the date, time, and location. Take photos of any wounds you sustain. All call immediately Texas Personal Injury Lawyers at (888) 997-2148.
What Should I Not Say To A Police Officer?
The law typically protects your right to keep quiet. You are not required to respond to any queries while you are in custody or have been arrested.
However, if an officer stops you in most states, you must give your name. You must provide your driver’s license, insurance, and vehicle registration when stopped for a traffic violation.
You are not required to reply to any more questions. If the police want to talk with you, you have the right to legal counsel.
I’ve Committed A Few Wrongdoings. Is It Still Possible For Me To Pursue A Police Brutality Claim?
Yes, you can still bring a claim for police brutality if you have been charged with an offense.
I’m Concerned That The Cops Will Try To Retaliate Even If I Submit A Claim. Is It Possible?
No, police can’t retaliate against you if you make a claim. If they are unable to utilize force or refuse to respond to complaints, as long as you file a complaint or are involved in an investigation into someone else’s claim.
How Can An Attorney Help Following A Brutality Incident?
As a victim of police brutality, it may appear that you’re up against impossible odds. You’ve been stripped of your civil rights, not to mention the fact that you’re up against a well-known institution that tends to protect its own. Many law enforcement departments try to hide wrongdoings and disavow responsibility. Officers on the scene frequently refuse to hold their fellow cops accountable.
Regardless, Texas Personal Injury Lawyers is ideally positioned to assist you in obtaining justice and financial compensation. Here’s why:
- We have hundreds of dedicated attorneys and thousands on our staff who are ready and willing to go above and beyond to get you the best results possible.
- We defend your civil rights, not the powerful institutions that seek to oppress you.
Can I Afford An Attorney On A Contingency Fee Arrangment?
We at Texas Personal Injury Lawyers think that no one should be discriminated against because of their race, religion, country of origin, financial status, or any other factor; we work on a contingency basis to ensure that everyone has an equal chance of obtaining justice. You do not incur any costs by consulting us, and we get compensated only if your case is successful. Our compensation is a percentage of the favorable settlement or jury verdict that we obtain on your behalf.
Contact A Police Brutality Attorney
The police may be an authority figure, but that does not always imply they are correct. It is your legal right and duty to seek justice and compensation if you have been harmed by the police.
The attorneys at Texas Personal Injury Lawyers are here to assist you. In a free, no-obligation consultation, we’ll evaluate your scenario and go through your legal choices with you. Get in touch with us right now.
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