Philadelphia Police Brutality Lawyer
Most police officers are dedicated public servants. They understand their role: to serve and protect. They keep us safe. When someone threatens our well-being or fails to adhere to the laws which guide us all, they take necessary action to resolve the matter. But like the rest of us, not all police officers are good people. Some are corrupt. Some abuse their power to the detriment of society. When police willfully cross the line and violate your rights they are engaging in police misconduct. Though police brutality has certainly gotten the bulk of the media's attention in recent years, it is but one of many forms of police misconduct - all of which are serious! If you have been the victim of police misconduct you need appropriate representation. Call the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Attorneys.
As discussed above, police conduct may take many forms, including:
- Police brutality (excessive force)
- Racial profiling
- Off-duty misconduct
- False arrest
- False imprisonment
- Falsifying evidence
- Sexual misconduct/abuse
While this is not an exhaustive list, it should provide you a strong foundation as to the many forms that police misconduct may take. It is important to understand that it is not your responsibility to determine how your rights have been violated. Leave that to the attorneys. What is important is that you take appropriate action if you feel that the police have engaged in some form of police misconduct. If you are of the sincere impression that the police have acted inappropriately, it is quite possible that such is the case. Do not hesitate. Call counsel immediately and begin discussing your options.
How Can I Tell If Police Have Engaged in Misconduct?
This is not an easy question to answer because most situations are a matter of degree rather than blatant disregard for the law, contrary to sensationalized media representations. Some examples follow:
- Excessive force often occurs when some degree of force is necessary but the officers overreact by either using their firearm or tasing repeatedly. The teenager in Chicago who was shot 16 times clearly did not need to be shot SIXTEEN TIMES. Usually it isn't this clear and requires both investigation and a jury to make a determination.
- False arrest occurs when the police make an arrest absent "probable cause." It's possible that the individual arrested may have been involved but the officers need an appropriate basis by which to make the arrest, otherwise it is in violation of one's rights.
- False arrest requires simply unlawful bodily restraint. This means you do not actually have to be imprisoned. The officer may just restrain your movement. This is reasonable in many situations. However, it rises to the level of misconduct when they will not allow you to leave a scene without justification or hold you for a period of time that is unreasonable.
- Racial profiling is a real issue in this country. However, not every encounter between minorities and police are instances of profiling. Usually, officers are making a legitimate stop and/or arrest. But when officers engage in systemic behavior targeting minorities, then this is a serious issue and one which must be addressed.
Police misconduct cannot be tolerated in a just society. We have to curtail improper behavior and show the police that they are the enforcers of law - but they are not above it. If you have been the victim of officer misconduct, the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you get the justice you deserve.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.