PRACTICE AREAS | Civil Rights Law - Police Misconduct
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When Peace Officers Cross the Line
Police officers are generally taught to use the least amount of force necessary in any given situation. Law enforcement officers sometimes ignore that advice. Some officers make poor decisions in the heat of the moment, but most of these incidents were perpetrated by officers whose arrogance has impaired whatever sense of justice they once possessed. Especially for those of us who have been taught to respect the badge, a police brutality incident can be incredibly shocking. Kallislaw - Protecting Civil Rights, P.C. responds to a wide array of police misconduct incidents, including threats and verbal and physical assaults.
What are the elements of police brutality claim?
A plaintiff must prove that the officer used excessive force under the circumstances. The courts give more leeway to a corrections officer dealing with violent felons than they give to a patrol officer who stopped a teen for failing to signal a lane change. The most common defense is “qualified immunity.” The officer claims that he or she was just following orders and just doing his or her job. Countless others have used this same excuse to justify their conduct, whether the violation occurred in a public place or in a POW camp. Let Kallislaw - Protecting Civil Rights, P.C. help you determine if you have a claim for police brutality. We review your individual circumstances and explain how the law applies to your situation.
What sort of injury must a plaintiff prove?
The violent felon serving a life sentence must show a fairly serious injury. A push or a shove or a slap of the handcuffs is insufficient. At the other end of the spectrum, the teen driver probably can go to court with little more than bumps and bruises. Most cases fall somewhere in between. Discuss any adverse contact you had with a peace officer with an experienced civil rights attorney. If the officer mistreated you, there is a good chance that you were not his or her first victim. The more victims who come forward, the easier it is to remove the officer and make our community safer.
Trust your case to an attorney with a unique perspective
As a former peace officer, Jeff Kallis understands the pressures officers face every day. He also has very little tolerance for those who use these pressures as an excuse to exploit people. We handle these types of cases because we want the Bainbridge community to have the best peace officers in the state. Contact Kallislaw - Protecting Civil Rights, P.C. at 888-441-1529 - Seattle, WA or online for a free consultation to discuss your case.