Recovering Compensation for Police Brutality
It’s terrifying when you hear on the news about police using excessive force while making an arrest. We all hope that police officers will do their jobs correctly and be fair in their dealings with the public. We hope that they will respect the rights granted to us by our Constitution and never resort to unprovoked or unnecessary violence.
So what do you do if your rights were violated? What do you do if the police physically harmed you? You can fight back against police brutality by filing a claim. Filing a civil rights violation claim against the police officer and the department can lead you to secure damages for the suffering you’ve faced.
Types of Damages You Can Be Awarded When You Win a Police Brutality Claim
It’s true that the police in the Commonwealth are afforded some ability to use force to restrain individuals when necessary. They are also permitted to use force, and even deadly force, to protect themselves and others. That being said, there are very strict rules on when they can use force and when they can’t.
If they violate those strict rules and use force in ways that don’t align with their training and their department’s procedures, they can be held liable for the damages they’ve caused you in Virginia.
The following are some of the types of damages you can be awarded if you win your police brutality case:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental trauma
- Medical care costs
- Mental health treatment expenses
- Lost work wages
Common Types of Excessive Force or Civil Rights Violation Cases in Virginia
There is more than one way that the police can violate your rights or cause you harm. Physical assault and unnecessary violence are only two of the ways the police can use their power for the wrong reasons. They can also do other things that could change your life forever.
For example, if they falsely arrest you for a crime you didn’t commit simply because they want to get back at you for something they didn’t like, that’s an obvious abuse of power and could seriously harm your future. The only way to fight against police brutality and abuse of power is by filing and winning a claim.
Here are some additional types of police misconduct:
- Use of excessive force
- Physical assault
- Sexual assault
- Unnecessary and humiliating strip searches
- Use of power to force you to do things you don’t want to do
- False arrest
Obtain Legal Assistance with Your Police Brutality Case
No one should be physically assaulted by or suffer injustice at the hands of Virginia’s police force. If you believe that the police have used unnecessary or excessive force against you, or if you think your rights have been violated in some other way, you might be able to file a claim against those responsible.
Contact Halperin Law Center today to speak with an attorney about your case. We offer free confidential consultations, so you can tell us about your case without fear of reprisal or upfront costs. Dial 804-527-0100, or send in the online case form down below.