Dealing with law enforcement is always a nerve-wracking experience, even when there may be nothing to fear. Even the gentlest, most agreeable police officers carry behind them the full weight of legal authority, so facing them in any situation where you are accused of wrongdoing is intimidating. Unfortunately, some officers are not always gentle or agreeable, sometimes subjecting civilians to police brutality.
While our firm recognizes that the majority of officers seek to uphold the law rightly and fairly, some officers wield their authority like a blunt instrument, bullying or abusing the people who are under their care. Legally speaking, law enforcement officers are obligated to take care of the people they arrest—at no point is an officer authorized to verbally abuse, physically or psychologically intimidate, or otherwise mistreat civilians. No matter what you were accused of doing or arrested for, you have the right to reasonable treatment without fear of brutality. Police is trained to handle civilians with minimal, non-life-threatening levels of discomfort, so they must be held accountable when civilians are unjustly handled.
Are you a victim of police brutality and in need of aggressive representation? Call our firm today at (954) 543-1788 to get started with your free consultation.
Police brutality is the excessive and / or unnecessary force used by a law enforcement officer when they are dealing with a civilian. Excessive force is defined as force that goes beyond what is typically necessary to handle an arrest or other situation. Police brutality is a civil rights violation. This is because when police brutality occurs, an individual's rights have been violated. In fact, police brutality is a direct violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States, dealing with your treatment under the law.
Police brutality can come in many forms, including:
If you feel that you have been the victim of police brutality, your first step is to document everything. Photograph any bruises or wounds, obtain records of any medical treatment, and get the names and contact information for any witnesses. Evidence of brutality is often hard to find shortly after the incident—gathering evidence quickly ensures a stronger case. The next step is to contact a Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense attorney.
Rudenberg & Glasser P.A. is highly skilled and experienced and they can provide the precise, aggressive representation you will need. Proving a case of police brutality will mean proving that the force applied to you was excessive or unnecessary—something that cannot be proven without knowledgeable legal guidance. Holding officers accountable is complex and difficult, but we have shown ourselves to be up to the challenge.
We recognize that sticky situations can occur at any time of day or night, which is why we offer our legal services to clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, we provide free consultations, so that clients do not have to make a financial commitment before meeting with us. If you want to find out more about the representation we offer for victims of police brutality or are interested in a free consult, contact our firm!