While police officers have powers under state laws, they are not unlimited. In some cases, it is law enforcement who is the one breaking the law. Numerous laws allow you to pursue justice when your rights have been violated. The Helbraun Law Firm can be your voice when the police have wronged you, fighting them in court to secure financial compensation on your behalf.
Attorney David M. Helbraun has over three decades of experience holding law enforcement accountable for misconduct. If you have been the victim of police misconduct, it is vital that you contact an experienced Oakland police misconduct lawyer to help you right the wrong.
Both federal and state laws prohibit various forms of police misconduct. Law enforcement cannot act in a discriminatory manner, nor can they use excessive force. In 2019, California changed its laws, allowing officers to use lethal force only when it is necessary. Here are some laws that can entitle you to compensation if you were a victim of police misconduct.
California has recently enacted a law that makes it easier to sue police officers for violating your civil rights. In the past, police officers freely invoked the qualified immunity defense, which allowed them to escape accountability under state law unless they knew that they were violating your constitutional rights when they were acting.
Police misconduct is not just the use of excessive force. You have many rights that police can violate through their conduct. Besides excessive force, here are some police actions that could be the basis of a lawsuit:
California has an average of roughly 10,000 complaints each year for police misconduct. Very few of these complaints are upheld. In cases where people suffer serious injuries that are non-gunshot related, 56% of them were unarmed.
In 2022, police departments in the Bay Area settled multiple lawsuits alleging misconduct. In one case, the city settled with a Black man who was beaten with a baton when officers responded to a domestic violence call. The man’s leg was broken, and he will never walk normally again. In this case, the officer was charged with several felonies for excessive use of force on the job.
You can and should take legal action when you have been a victim of police misconduct. While the police department has power, the law may be on your side if your rights have been violated. Here are some steps that you should take:
Police misconduct settlements and jury awards depend on your own specific damages that you have suffered. Our law firm has obtained multiple six-figure settlements for victims who have been injured or have had their legal rights violated.
In addition, a successful police misconduct lawsuit can put pressure on a police department to change its policies. Negative publicity and financial losses often convince a police department that it must do better.
You should take immediate action to get justice when law enforcement violated your rights. The police misconduct lawyer at Helbraun Law Firm fights for those who may not be able to speak up for themselves when they have been victimized by the police. You can call us today at (415) 982-4000 or send us a message online.
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