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.
Police misconduct is at the forefront of the minds of many United States citizens. We have all seen videos on social media or the news of police brutality, unlawful arrests, and other issues. Unfortunately, it seems like these news stories are popping up more and more lately. If you believe that you are a victim, a Connecticut police misconduct lawyer can help you.
Types of Police Misconduct
One of the most common ways that we see civil rights violations is through police misconduct. In this section, our attorneys will discuss some of the contributing factors to this issue, how to identify police misconduct, and what to do if you are a victim of it. Here, we discuss common issues such as:
- Police brutality and excessive force.
- Police shootings.
- False arrest.
- Unlawful searches.
- Wrongful convictions.
Police Brutality and Excessive Force in CT
Police brutality and excessive force are the things that most people think of when they hear about police misconduct. If you had an altercation with the police, there are certain actions that they may have taken that are inappropriate. If you think that this is the case, please contact a nearby lawyer for assistance.
Police shootings also fall under the category of excessive force. There are very few reasons why police officers should resort to the use of firearms, and if you cooperate with the police they should not use this type of force. If you find yourself in such a situation, whether you were injured or not, you need to protect your rights by contacting a lawyer.
Another issue that oftentimes occurs with police officers is false arrest. Many times, police officers do not have enough evidence or cause to make an arrest. But, the average citizen doesn’t know this. You might not know the ins and outs of the law, so you can’t fight the police officers. Because you are unsure of the law and the processes, you choose to comply, even though there are not sufficient grounds for arrest. If this happened to you, it is not too late to fight your case. Certain evidence may be thrown out of court, or the charge might be dropped altogether. You can contact us to learn more about these options and if they are viable for your case.
Just like false arrests, there can be unlawful searches. There are clear and specific rules of when your property can and cannot be searched, and the police are obligated to follow these rules. The problem arises because the average person doesn’t know the details of these laws. So, the police can take advantage of you and get you to agree to a search or conduct an unlawful search. You should review the circumstances of your search with an attorney to determine if you were the victim of an unlawful search.
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.
Contact a Connecticut Police Misconduct Attorney
If you believe you were the victim of mistreatment by an officer of the law, contact a Connecticut police misconduct lawyer at our firm. We are here to protect your rights and advocate tirelessly on your behalf.