One of the most common civil rights violations is police brutality, better known as “excessive force” in the press and in court. There have been a number of these cases in Connecticut, and our firm has been involved with the litigation of cases where clients have been assaulted, injured and damaged by police officers during both legal and illegal arrests.
Sometimes police misconduct comes by way of an unlawful or illegal search, and that conduct can rise to the level of police misconduct. If you have been arrested, you may have a viable claim for false arrest if the police failed to adequately investigate your case and simply arrested you based on that misinformation.
Another situation that could be a civil rights violation is if the police fail to intervene and protect you from harm that they should have known about – this often happens in situations involving domestic violence.
Finally, many people misunderstand the laws surrounding legal versus illegal searches by the police and you can find more about that in this section, including a video from our partner Dan Lage.