We appreciate the difficult nature of law enforcement, especially in urban environments. Law enforcement officers are not allowed to use excessive force to arrest or detain anyone, however. Force that is deemed beyond what is “reasonably necessary” under the circumstances is prohibited, and if an officer harms someone by use of excessive force, that officer may be liable for damages. Additionally, the agency responsible for hiring and training the officer, along with the city, county, or state may also be liable for the illegal conduct if it occurred as a result of the official policy or custom of the organization or if the organization failed to adequately train its employees to deal with the situation.
We have experience in successfully representing individuals who have been the victims of police misconduct in a variety of contexts. If you believe you, or someone you love, may have a civil rights claim arising from police misconduct or brutality, please click here to contact us.