PRACTICE AREAS | Civil Rights Law - Police Brutality
The police do not police themselves, and government agencies rarely question the actions of the police.
Police brutality, police shootings, police tazings, are all examples of the use of excess force. Today, in the news, and in our lives, there are more and more examples of the improper use of force by police officers. Those cases that make the national news, the shooting in Ferguson, the choking of Eric Gardner, the shooting of Akai Gurley, Jonathan Ferrell’s shooting death while asking for help after a car accident , the shooting where the officer fired 18 shots at an unarmed black male, hitting him in the back and buttock; and the shooting of Oscar Grant, to name but a few, are just the tip of the iceberg.
The public does not hear about the tazings of unarmed and passive citizens who simply question the police as to why they're being stopped. Nor does the public see the hundreds of videos of police officers slamming handcuffed suspects into the ground. The beatings and excess force that the police inflict on the underprivileged, the mentally ill, minorities and individuals who simply want to know what the police are doing are almost never held up for the public to examine. Police abuse their power to use force, shoot unarmed citizens, taze people for not acting fast enough or for asking why they are being arrested.
If you have been subject to police brutality, excess force, if you have been tazed or shot by the police when you did not threaten them, if police officers have beaten you because they did not like your attitude, or put you in excessively tight handcuffs just because you asked a question, then your civil rights may have been violated.
The internal affairs division of the police department, the District Attorney's Office, the police auditor rarely if ever find that the police acted improperly. Yet, Courts often find that the police violated the rules. Only you and a Civil Rights law firm can hold the police responsible. Only you can stop police misconduct. The Law Firm of Kallis & Associates, P.C. specializes in helping people hold the police responsible, making sure that those people whose rights have been violated get their day in court and have the opportunity to both change the system and get compensation for the violation of their civil rights.
I remain, respectfully yours,
M. Jeffery Kallis
Jeff Kallis, Ph.D., J.D.
Founding Attorney & Professor of Marketing - SJSU