St. Louis County Police Abuse and Misconduct Lawyer
The police are supposed to protect our communities. However, in some instances police officers, through the use of excessive and unreasonable force, are guilty of brutality and misconduct. Police officers commit misconduct by not following proper procedures, losing their temper, and even assaulting someone who has been arrested.
If you have been assaulted, beaten or verbally abused by a police officer during an arrest, your rights may have been violated. Police brutality and misconduct occurs when an officer uses unreasonable or excessive force to arrest or detain you.
When the Police Go Too Far, We Are Here to Help.
If you feel that you, or one of your loved ones, are a victim of police brutality or misconduct you should speak to an experienced excessive force attorney right away. There are many questions that must be answered when investigating an excessive force claim. Lawyers who will defend the police officers’ actions will try to show that you were dangerous, violent, doing something suspicious or illegal, or that you are at fault for your injuries. They will try and show that the police did not use unreasonable or excessive force and that they are not guilty of police brutality and misconduct.
In some cases, officers and departments will try to cover up their use of excessive force and brutality. This can include officers covering up facts, being dishonest to protect one another, and lying about the way events occurred. You need attorneys who are experienced with dealing with the police and who will protect your rights.
Many times police brutality and misconduct will include the following uses of excessive force:
- The use of weapons like batons, flashlights, night sticks, pepper spray, tasers
- Use of excessive force by beating, kicking, punching, etc.
- Police dog bites
- Handcuff injuries
- Takedowns and chokeholds, including deaths from asphyxiation
For a free case evaluation contact us today. Our firm takes cases all over Missouri and Illinois.
What Constitutes Excessive and Unreasonable Use of Tasers?
Police brutality and misconduct, in many cases, takes on the form of the excessive and unreasonable use of a Taser. Tasers are designed to simply stun or temporarily disable an individual. However, when they are used excessively and unreasonably by the police their use can result in catastrophic injuries and death.
There is no doubt that when used incorrectly, Tasers are deadly weapons. Tasers should be used as a last resort. In many cases of police brutality and misconduct, police have tased children, teens and adults who simply disagreed with the police or immediately refused to comply with an order. Tasers should only be used as a last resort, when the police have adequate reason to believe that an individual is threatening to police or others. Police all too often use Tasers too quickly, and cause serious injuries or even death to individuals who pose no threat to anyone.
Police brutality and misconduct can also include using a Taser multiple times. In many cases, the police use excessive and unreasonable force by firing their Taser multiple times. Multiple shocks from a Taser can cause heart attacks, seizures and death. This police brutality can include:
- Excessive use of a Taser on children or teens
- Excessive use of a Taser that causes injuries or death
If you or a loved one have been injured by an officer using a Taser, call us today and talk to one of our police brutality and excessive force attorneys today.
When are Police Permitted to Respond with Deadly Force?
Police are only permitted to use deadly force in very specific situation. The police may only respond with deadly force when they believe that they, or someone else, is in immediate danger. Many times officers respond in an excessive and unreasonable manner with a firearm, Taser, etc. If your loved one was killed by the police, and you believe it was unjustified, contact use today.
Deadly force can include the use of:
- Choke Holds
- Batons or Night Sticks
If your loved one has been killed by the police, call us today and talk to one of our police brutality and excessive force attorneys.
Jail Neglect and Abuse
If you or your loved ones have suffered physical harm, emotional harm, or death by corrections officers or jail authorities, call us today. Inmates and prisoners have constitutional rights and we are here to help protect them.
Jail abuse and neglect can take on several forms. Here are some of the more common cases:
- Assault and Abuse – this can include beatings and assaults by corrections officers or other jail personnel, the failure of authorities to segregate violent inmates, failure of jail authorities to respond to complaints of physical abuse or sexual assault.
- Cruel and Unusual Punishment – this can include withholding food, medicine, retaliation for reports of abuse or misconduct, unauthorized or excessive punishments, withholding medical care.
- Medical Negligence/Mental Illnesses – this can include the failure or facility doctors and medical staff to diagnose and treat serious condition, or withholding necessary medical care or medication. This can also include failing to diagnose and protect inmates from other emotionally disturbed prisoners or from themselves, and failing to provide psychiatric care and appropriate suicide prevention.
- Failure to supervise – this can include failing to provide an adequate number of staff, officers, etc. to provide a safe environment at the facility. In many cases, understaffing and failing to provide appropriate supervision can lead to inmates being seriously injured or even killed.
If you or your loved ones have suffered physical harm, emotional harm, or death because of the brutality, inattention, medical negligence or cruel and unusual punishment of corrections officers or jail authorities, call us today.