Police Brutality and Your Civil Rights

Police Brutality and Your Civil Rights

Stories of police brutality are often splashed across the headlines and inspire different responses from suspicion to sympathy among the public. And while there have been instances of false accusations of police brutality, generally such accusations are not made lightly. Police brutality is often a violation of federal and state civil rights laws and allows individuals to sue for civil rights violations.  Examples of police brutality include:

•           Excessive physical force
•           Physical assault
•           Sexual abuse/assault
•           Violent threats
•           Intimidation
•           False arrest
•           Racial profiling
•           Verbal abuse

If you have suffered injuries at the hands of a police officer, prison guard or other law enforcement officer or officials you may be entitled to compensation for your losses such as:

•           Medical costs
•           Lost past and future income
•           Emotional distress
•           Pain and suffering
•           Loss of consortium (companionship)

Police brutality is a violation of your civil rights and violations often fall under:

•  The first amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and protection against retaliation for speaking out about issues of public concern.
•  The fourth amendment, which protects against illegal searches and seizures and police brutality.
•  Fifth and fourteenth amendments, which protect against unlawful arrest and wrongful conviction relative to their due process clauses.

Further, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits federal and state governments to discriminate against you based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Discuss Your Case with a Pennsylvania Civil Rights Attorney

A police brutality case requires an experienced attorney who understands civil rights laws and personal injury law in Pennsylvania.  Contact The Law Offices of John E. Kusturiss, Jr. online or call 610.565.0240
and schedule a free consultation to discuss your police brutality case.

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