Even though many police officers are good upstanding citizens who perform their job duties to the best of their abilities and follow all protocols, the need for a good police brutality lawyer in Washington DC is on the rise. Police perform a difficult job that potentially puts them in harm’s way every time they show up for work. Many police officers have been injured or killed while trying to protect the public from dangerous individuals and situations. There can be a fine line between a police officer respecting an individual’s Constitutional rights and making sure that they are not putting themselves in harmful or dangerous situations. While many law enforcement officers perform their jobs admirably, there are some who ignore proper procedures and wind up injuring, or even killing, innocent victims with what is considered police brutality.
When police officers injure someone by using excessive or unnecessary force when trying to apprehend a suspect, the injured person may be entitled to compensation. If someone dies as the result of what is deemed police brutality, their surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for expenses that are related to the victims injuries and death, and for their pain and grieving. When dealing with questionable police behavior, many people find it beneficial to enlist the help of a personal injury law firm that is experienced in defending victims of police brutality.
When dealing with dangerous suspects, police officers are allowed to use a certain amount of force when they make an arrest. This is allowed in order to bring them into custody without the risk of the suspect causing harm to other people (both the public at large and the police officers themselves).
According to the General Order-901-07 of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department, police officers are supposed to try to diffuse all situations through non-violent means whenever possible. Police officers are supposed to evaluate a situation by using a scale of 1-5 where a 5 is considered to be a subject who is a serious threat for causing injury or death, and a 1 is when the subject is compliant and does not pose any violent threat. Unfortunately, there have been many situations when a suspect who is a 1, 2, or 3 is treated as a 4 or 5, and is injured as a result of this unfair and unnecessary police brutality.
Even though there are measures in place to prevent police brutality, it is all too common to hear from friends, community members and in the media, about egregious and unwarranted acts of violence by police officers towards innocent people.
Protect Yourself and Your Family’s Rights
Cohen & Cohen has been defending the rights of injured people and their families for 30+ years. We believe that by protecting our clients’ Constitutional rights in situations where police brutality has harmed innocent people, we are helping them- and we are also helping to protect other people from being subjected to unfair and dangerous practices by police officers while holding police officers accountable for their actions. If you suspect that you or someone you love has been the victim of police brutality, a member of our experienced legal team is available to discuss your situation and to give you a free case evaluation. Someone is available to take your call any time of the day or night, any day of the year.
If you contact Cohen & Cohen today, we may be able to start protecting your and your family’s rights, today.