Euless Police Brutality Lawyers
Ensuring Your Civil Rights Are Protected
Discussion about police brutality has been a hot topic in the media recently, since the death of George Floyd in Minnesota and many others in the months since then. Unfortunately, cases of police brutality are still occurring. Often, victims and their families feel powerless because they are unsure where to turn for justice when law enforcement has caused them harm. They may fear retaliation or lose hope that anyone will believe their story. The Wolf of Law Street believes that police should be held to the highest standards of the law and will fight for those whose civil rights have been violated by abusive police actions. We have the knowledge, experience, and tenacity to pursue justice for your case. Don’t continue to live in fear. Contact us today at (972) 573-4532 for a free, confidential consultation.
What Is Police Brutality?
Police have sworn an oath to protect and serve the communities they work in as part of their training. They have written codes of conduct they are supposed to live up to as well. However, sometimes officers still abuse their powers and use their position to threaten or cause harm. Police brutality is defined as the unlawful, unwarranted, or excessive use of force by those in law enforcement against civilians. These actions are violations of citizens’ human and civil rights. It is especially difficult for victims to fight back against these injustices because they are being committed by those in positions of authority. Examples of police brutality can include, but are not limited to:
- Excessive force
- False arrest
- Forced or coerced confessions
- Illegal searches and seizures
- Indiscriminate use of riot control measures at protests
- Inmate abuse
- Planted or otherwise falsified evidence
- Racial profiling
- Sexual abuse
- Threats of violence
- Verbal abuse
- Wrongful death
What Should You Do if You Have Been a Victim of Police Brutality?
Because police brutality often occurs during the course of an arrest or incarceration, it can be an especially challenging time. If you find yourself experiencing abuse at the hands of the police, these are some recommendations:
- Exercise your right to remain silent: Do not make any statements that could be used against you, and do not resist the arrest.
- Pay attention: Unfortunately, many police brutality incidents will not have outside witnesses or be recorded. So it is important to remember details and write everything down as soon as you have access to paper.
- Request a medical evaluation if you are injured: You may ask for medical assistance while you are in custody, or you can see a doctor as soon as you are released. Keep a copy of your medical record in order to prove what injuries you sustained.
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible: An attorney can begin to investigate and build a case while evidence may still be available. It is important to allow your attorney to handle the case from this point onward and not make any statements without consulting them first because you do not want to potentially damage your case.
Sadly, proving police brutality can be hard, especially if it occurred when only other police officers were present. That is why it is imperative that you contact a police brutality lawyer as quickly as you can after the incident. They have the experience required to fight against the authorities to protect your civil rights and get you the compensation you deserve.
What Compensation Could Be Awarded in a Police Brutality Case?
Police brutality violates your civil rights and betrays the trust that our society has put into police officers as protectors and upholders of the law. It is therefore essential that offenders are held accountable for their actions, and an attempt is made to make the victims whole again. If you or a loved one have been brutalized by police, you may be eligible for compensation for what you’ve experienced. Examples of this compensation may include:
- Medical expenses: Medical expenses that were incurred as a result of the police brutality, such as emergency room bills, surgery, physical therapy, and follow-up visits to your doctor, may be covered. If you require ongoing medical treatment, that could also be included.
- Mental anguish: Being deprived of your constitutional rights can be a traumatic experience, and victims of police brutality may suffer from fear, anxiety, humiliation, and other mental distress from the abuse. The court may compensate victims for this distress.
- Pain and suffering: Many times, police brutality involves painful physical injuries, and you may be awarded based on the severity of the injuries and pain.
- Punitive damages: If the abusers were found to be willful or malicious in their intent, the court might impose punitive damages in addition to other damages.
- Wrongful death damages: If the brutality resulted in the death of the victim, their family might be awarded wrongful death damages for the loss of their loved one.
Why Hire a Police Brutality Lawyer?
When you have been a victim of police brutality, it can feel intimidating to begin court proceedings. Law enforcement is known for protecting their own, and it can be challenging to gain access to evidence and to get witnesses to come forward. But you don’t have to do it alone. The Wolf of Law Street is here to help you every step of the way. Your civil rights matter and no one should be able to violate them with impunity. We will fight to get you justice for your injuries and the compensation you deserve. For a free, confidential case evaluation, contact us today at (972) 573-4532.