When Law Enforcement Violates the Rights of Citizens

Police and other members of law enforcement are given the authority to serve and protect citizens. However, this does not mean they are allowed to use this authority in a way that is self-serving or harmful to others. Police that engage in misconduct and violate the rights of civilians deserve to be held accountable for their actions. If your rights, or the rights of a loved one, were recently broken by law enforcement, you may want to meet with a qualified lawyer for further assistance in the matter.

Civil Rights Violations Explained

Government officers must abide by reasonable standards of behavior when engaging with the public. When such standards are violated, as created by the constitution and courts of law, these officers are crossing the line and harming that individual. Types of actions that may constitute as violations of your civil rights include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Excessive use of force that resulted in injury
  • Jail or in-custody fatalities
  • Wrongful death
  • Unlawful arrest
  • Racial profiling
  • Unlawful detention
  • Committing perjury

When a Serious Injury Occurs

In order for victims to receive compensation for the mistreatment inflicted by law enforcement, they must show sufficient evidence. It can be difficult to go up against an officer or police department without support from a knowledgeable and strategic lawyer. When an officer violates the rights of a citizen, that police station may or may not support their fellow comrade. In situations where attempts are made by police to cover up the incident through destroying evidence or falsifying records, immediate intervention from a lawyer is strongly advised. 

If you or someone you know is dealing with an issue similar to described above, prompt counsel from a reputable law office is recommended, alike to a civil rights lawyer from Johnston Martineau, LLP.