Police are responsible for protecting the public and ensuring that the laws are enforced. However, in some cases, police abuse their position and fail to uphold their duties. As a result, innocent citizens are mistreated with force that their actions did not warrant.
If you believe that you have been a victim of brutality or unnecessary force by a police officer, here are some pointers for what steps you should take next.
Determine If They Used Excessive Force
By law, police officers are allowed to be forceful if they need to be. When a person is posing a danger to society or resisting the authority of an officer it calls for a police officer to use justifiable force.
However, when the situation didn’t call for using a weapon or physical force against a citizen, then this is an example of excessive force.
It’s important to look at all of the circumstances and be honest about whether you deserved the treatment you were given. Were you attempting to threaten another person or the police? Were you trying to flee the scene? Did you make comments or suggestions that could have been perceived as a danger to those around you?
If you can prove that you weren’t behaving in a way that encouraged a police officer to believe that you were dangerous, then you could have legitimate grounds for pursuing legal action.
Talk To a Lawyer
As a victim of excessive force or brutality, you have the right to sue. It’s vital that you talk to a lawyer and present your case so that they can determine whether you’re eligible for pursuing action in court.
If an officer did, in fact, violate your fourth and fourteenth amendment constitutional rights, then you may be able to pursue action and win your case in a federal court of law.
If you were physically hurt or someone you were with, you will need to provide proof so that a formal investigation can take place.
Not only can police force be damaging physically, but it can also bring extreme emotional distress. If you required to take time off work, or required medical attention, make sure that you save all of the proof of these incidences.
Taking legal action can be complicated and confusing. You may want to give up and avoid dealing with the situation altogether. However, it’s essential not only for yourself to stay persistent and unwavering, but it’s also vital for the good of society.Excessive police force should not be permitted or tolerated, and the only way that we can bring an end to it is to stand up for our rights and bring it to the attention of the law.