Police Misconduct & Brutality
Police officers exist to protect and serve citizens. As a society, we give police officers guns and increased authority in order for them to keep the peace. However, with this power comes great responsibility, and sometimes law enforcement officers abuse their power.
Whenever an officer of the law misuses or abuses their power at the expense of a citizen’s rights, it is known as police misconduct or brutality.
Forms of Police Misconduct & Brutality
Police officers have very stressful jobs. They work long hours and can see a lot of violence in the course of their work. Despite that, officers must be held to a high standard to ensure that their actions do not result in the violation of a person’s rights. Police have the right to use reasonable force in order to arrest a suspect. Force is sometimes necessary to apprehend criminals. But sometimes officers reach beyond their bounds. Police misconduct can include any of the following:
- Unlawful search & seizure
- Malicious Prosecution
- Use of excessive force
- Unnecessary use of weapons (guns, tasers, pepper spray, batons)
- Abuse of a person’s rights
Unfortunately, police misconduct and brutality is often motivated by racial, or religious discrimination. This was a huge aspect of the Rodney King case – arguably the most famous police brutality case in history.
If you have been a victim of any of the above forms of police misconduct and brutality, you may be able to sue for damages.
Minneapolis Police Misconduct Attorney
Police misconduct cases are very difficult. Police officers will often lie about what actually happened in order to cover their tracks and save face. That’s where a personal injury lawyer can help – by representing your constitutional rights throughout the legal process and getting you the results you deserve. Paul Edlund represents clients throughout the twin cities in police misconduct cases. Call today for a free case review – 612.338.2829.