Police misconduct occurs when an officer violates an individual’s constitutional rights. Misconduct like this can subject the officer and the police department to both criminal and civil penalties.
When an officer violates the rights of a citizen by overstepping their bounds of authority, it can ruin the public’s trust in the entire police department. An officer’s job is to protect citizens from injury and harm, not to cause them.
Police abuse lawsuits not only obtain compensation for the victim, but act as an important safeguard in our society. Civil lawsuits can ensure enforcement of the standards for appropriate use of force.
Don’t hesitate to get the representation of an attorney if you were the victim of police misconduct. A personal injury lawyer can ensure justice and retribution for you and your family.
Louisiana has about 18,050 sworn law enforcement officers. To become a Louisiana police officer, there is a rigorous training and hiring process. Prospective officers must pass the Louisiana Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST) academy. Additionally, recruits must pass drug screening, background checks, and other evaluations.
Police have an incredibly stressful job. They put their lives on the line every day to protect citizens and uphold the law. Honest mistakes happen in such a chaotic line of work. But, stress and mistakes do not excuse police if they abuse their authority.
Most police officers are dedicated to serving their communities. They are hardworking and ethical. However, when police officers betray the trust of their community with abuse of their power, they are accountable.
The Opelousas personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have extensive experience helping the victims of police brutality seek compensation and justice.
Making false claims in a police report
Stun gun or Taser injuries
Intentional false arrest
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Police officers cannot injure someone without cause. They can only use force proportional to the threat or danger of a situation. Not only does excessive force violate an individual’s civil rights, police can cause permanent injury or even death if they use unnecessary force. Seeking financial compensation for physical injury or death in a civil lawsuit is among the means to get justice in police brutality cases. In especially violent cases, criminal charges may apply.
The use of Tasers, or stun guns, is thought to be a good non-lethal stopping force. However, there have been 334 deaths linked to stun guns used by police. According to reports, there have 905 victims injured by stun guns who were unarmed and did not appear to present a serious threat. Because of the repeated shocking and voltage traveling through the body, excessive Taser use can cause permanent and potentially fatal injury. You can pursue a lawsuit against police force when injuries or death occur as a result of inadequate training or inappropriate use of stun guns and Tasers.
Only as a last resort, can police officers fire their weapons. Police are within their rights to use their firearms when their life or the lives of others are in danger. However, if an officer unjustly kills someone, compensation for the victim’s family may be available through a wrongful death lawsuit. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess has experience in these devastating cases. We will fight to see justice for you and your family
Placing someone in prison or jail in an unjustified situation can result in serious emotional and financial damage. The police do not have unlimited authority to arrest or detain people. A police officer must have a probable cause and reasonable suspicion to detain someone for any period of time.
Over the past few years, Louisiana has made national media attention due to prison abuse and fatal shootings. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess has represented some of the victims and whistleblowers in these highly publicized cases. We are not afraid to fight police departments and politicians for the rights of our clients.
If you are the victim of police misconduct or abuse, you may be able to collect money damages against those responsible. Important time limits govern whether a civil lawsuit can be successfully filed and litigated. So, act quickly to discuss your claim with an experienced Opelousas, Louisiana lawyer at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess.
We can help you to receive compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Most importantly, we can ensure justice and retribution is done for you and your family. Contact the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess to confidentially discuss your legal options in a free, no-obligation personal injury consultation. Call 877-234-7573.