How to Win a Case of Police Brutality in Washington DC
Police brutality exists in many cities, states and countries and can even be prosecuted. But sometimes that is not possible or enough. If you or someone has been brutalized by the police, you may want to contact a personal injury lawyer who has experience dealing in police brutality in order to file a lawsuit. If you have experienced violence by authorities, you may want to contact a legal professional to help with your case because police brutality is a crime that has historically been hard to bring to trial because, even though it is illegal, it can often be performed under the “color of the law.” Technically, there is no legal definition of police brutality. The term generally includes the excessive use of force by police, whether or not that force rises to the level of criminal assault.
If you are looking to win a case of police brutality, you’ve come to the right spot because it will be key to pick a lawyer who is familiar with the complexities of police misconduct. Hiring a personal injury lawyer can help navigate the incendiary landscape surrounding police brutality, so that you or a loved one be compensated for any emotional, physical or mental damages incurred at the hands of the police.
According to a report, police killed,165 people in 2018. Additionally, there were only 22 days in 2018 where police did not kill someone.
Incidents of police brutality are not new to making headlines. On March 3, 1991, Rodney King was a victim of police brutality, when he was violently beaten by four LAPD officers while being arrested for fleeing and evading on California State Route 210. A civilian named George Holliday filmed the incident and sent the footage to local news station KTLA. The footage clearly showed that King was being beaten repeatedly. The incident was covered by news outlets around the world.
Eventually, the four officers were tried on charges of use of excessive force. To the world, the trial seemed clear cut, but three officers were acquitted and the jury failed to reach a verdict on one charge for the fourth. The verdict sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which lasted six days, and where 63 people were killed.
Despite the shocking acquittals, in 1993, the federal government prosecuted the men in a separate civil rights case and on April 16, 1993, two of the officers were found guilty and sentenced to prison. The other two police officers were acquitted of the charges. In a separate lawsuit, King, who hired an attorney, was awarded $3.8 million in damages by the city of Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, incidents of police brutality still occur. In 2014, police shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting sparked mass outrage in Ferguson and once again spotlight was placed on the rampant police brutality in the United States.
If you or a loved one is a victim of police misconduct, you have the right to hire an attorney in order to sue to recover damages. You may be due monetary compensation if you were involved in a police, shooting, racial profiling, a police beating, excessive force by the police, sexual assault by the police.
Whether you or a loved one is a victim and has been brutalized by the police, Cohen & Cohen, can help you get the justice you deserve. If you want to talk about how to win your case of police brutality, you can reach us at a 24/7 live phone answering. So, if you need a DC lawyer who handles police brutality cases, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C our DC Law Firm today.