Excessive use of force, wrongful shootings, false arrest and other forms of negligence or abuse of power can be grounds for police brutality lawsuits, which not only provide compensation for victims and their families, but also help ensure that appropriate law enforcement standards are followed and enforced.
Personal injury lawyers throughout the United States investigate potential police brutality lawsuit claims on behalf of individuals who have suffered catastrophic or fatal injuries at the hands of law enforcement.
Inappropriate use of force defines any situation where police use force out of proportion or inappropriate to the situation at hand and the threat posed by another person. It can also occur when the police officer is negligent in the use of force. Some examples include brutality and excessive force; injuring or killing a person through the unjustified use of a firearm; and arresting and imprisoning someone without reasonable suspicion or probably cause.
A growing area of concern for police brutality lawyers is the overuse and misuse of Taser stun guns. While Tasers are designed as a non-lethal alternative to firearms, hundreds of deaths throughout the United States have occurred following police Taser use. Amnesty International has called for law enforcement agencies to stop using the weapons or limit their use to life-threatening situation.