The law enforcement officers of this country have a very difficult job, and most perform their duties with the utmost respect for members of the community and in compliance with the law. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and an encounter with the law may turn into a violation of one’s civil rights. Police misconduct can refer to any police officer’s inappropriate actions in connection with their civil duties, such as discrimination, and may lead to a miscarriage of justice (convicting a person for a crime they did not commit).
In order to be aware of your rights in the event you encounter law enforcement, the following are examples of police misconduct:
- Police brutality (the use of excessive force by police)
- Sexual abuse
- False confession (coercing a person into confessing a crime they didn’t commit)
- Racial profiling
- Falsifying evidence
- False arrest (plaintiff alleging they were held without probable cause)
- False imprisonment
- Police corruption (misconduct aimed at financial gains or career advancement)
A victim of police misconduct may have legal recourse through federal and state laws. One of the main purposes of civil rights laws is to protect citizens from government abuses, such as police misconduct. Though this type of lawsuit can be expensive and difficult to win, individuals who have been victims of police misconduct deserve to have justice, and hiring an experienced police misconduct lawyer can greatly increase your chances of winning your claim.
If you feel you have been the victim of police misconduct, the Omaha police misconduct lawyers at the law firm of Cullan & Cullan can help. Please call (402) 397-7600 for a complimentary consultation.