Civil Rights Violations
Police Brutality & Excessive Force
Police officers and law enforcement officials have a responsibility to protect society and enforce the law. The public relies on police officers and places their confidence in them to act appropriately, and most officers uphold that trust. However, in very rare instances, an officer may go too far, use too much force or make a bad decision that can bring about tragic consequences. Police brutality charges deal with any law enforcement officer who has used unnecessary or excessive force, physically or verbally, as well as assault committed by the officer while dealing with civilians. The Constitution of the United States affords all citizens certain rights. When those rights are violated our justice system allows for lawsuits to be brought against the violators. Police brutality and misconduct not only transgresses our constitutional rights, it can shatter our trust in law, order, and our government.
Police officers are only supposed to use force when absolutely necessary. Even when the situation requires force they are instructed to only use as much force as is needed to get the situation under control. Police brutality and misconduct can manifest in many different ways. Some of the most common forms of police brutality are:
- Excessive force
- Prison injuries
- Unlawful arrest
- False imprisonment
- Physical assault
- Racial profiling
- Injuries that occur while in custody
- Unlawful search and seizure
If you have questions regarding civil rights violations and police brutality, you can reach our law firm by calling 908-735-5161, or fill out the contact form on this site. Our firm serves clients throughout central and northwestern New Jersey.