Police Brutality - A Closer Look
Instances of police brutality, such as illegal confinement, sexual coercion, inadequate medical care in prison, harsh treatment, excessive force and many other examples are all too common in Indiana. Most of the victims suffer physical injuries, owing to excessive force or neglect by the law officers.
The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects citizens against such police brutality. While filing a report would result in a criminal case against the officer in question, it would still not compensate the victim for the injuries or injustice suffered.
Claiming compensation requires filing a civil case. A report by Human Rights Watch reveals that between 1994 and 1996, the city of Indianapolis alone paid about $750,000 in police misconduct lawsuits.
Even though these figures may seem promising, they don’t account for the difficulty behind securing funds as a result of your injustices. The difficulties related to claiming a case, filing extensive paperwork and trying your case in court often seem insurmountable to someone involved in these crimes, and the police officers tend to favor their colleagues and may even refuse to testify. In cases like these, a skilled police brutality attorney can help the victim to pursue the case aggressively and help ensure success in a difficult situation.
The need for a skilled police brutality attorney becomes even more relevant when citizens defend themselves against excessive force. Based on the recently amended Castle Doctrine bill of 2006, the law allows citizens to use deadly force to counter illegal entry into homes or cars, even if the people on the other side are law enforcement officers. The premise of “self-defense” and “illegal entry” rests on a thin legal line, requiring the services of skilled police brutality attorney to make a solid case.
Wagner Reese provides the perfect support for your police brutality case. Our panel of experienced and seasoned police brutality attorneys will present your case in the best possible manner and protect your interests throughout the legal process. Call (888) 204-8440 or fill out this form today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your specific situation. We do not charge any fees upfront and our track record in securing compensation for civil rights violations and police brutality cases proves that we will fight for you and get you the money you deserve!