If you watch the television news or read the newspapers, you can't help but see cases involving unnecessary and excessive force by police officers. No one would ever argue that being a police officer isn't a demanding job,which may include extreme levels of stress, but those demands do not excuse the inappropriate use of force by an officer of the law. When such force is applied, the victim and/or his or her family, have a right compensation.
Please keep in mind that if an officer does something wrong which causes harm, that behavior may be criminal in nature. Whether it is considered criminal, and whether the case is prosecuted, is up to the city, state or federal prosecutor's office. However, in addition to the criminal case, the victim may pursue a civil claim for money damages, which has an entirely different standard of proof, and which is designed to make the victim and his or her family whole again after a loss. Even if the prosecutor's office declines to go forward with the criminal case, the potential to pursue the civil claim still exists.
Police brutality isn't limited to a shooting that should never have happened, it may also include: sexual misconduct by the officer, excessive force, blackmail, and racial profiling, just to name a few instances. If you suspect police brutality, please contact experienced police brutality attorney Roger Gelb without delay.