Corpus Christi Police Misconduct Attorneys
Standing Up for Victims of Police Brutality throughout Nueces County
With so many stories in the news lately of police misconduct and alleged
brutality—many centering around cases like Darren Wilson, the officer
in Ferguson, Missouri who fatally shot 18-year old Mike Brown—it’s
hard not to think about what to do when the police are not our protectors.
While police officers may use force in certain situations, that force must
be appropriate to the situation. They must also be held accountable for
acting within the limitations of the law and upholding the law, rather
than abusing their power and acting in their own self-interest.
Unfortunately, cases of police misconduct and brutality occur more often
than we would like to believe. The questionable nature of Darren Wilson’s
actions on the day of Mike Brown’s shooting are by far not the only
cases in which civilians would want to seek compensation for police misconduct
Whether you’ve had your Miranda rights violated, you’ve been
physically assaulted by an officer, or you feel that an officer’s
conduct was in any way extreme or inappropriate, you should talk with
a qualified police misconduct attorney.
Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. online or by calling (361) 238-2789 to speak
with a Corpus Christi police misconduct lawyer about your legal rights
Examples of Excessive Force & Police Misconduct
Pulling from news reports of the past few years, we can find a number of
cases. In New Mexico, for example, police pulled a man over for a failure
to stop at a stop sign in a Wal-Mart parking lot. With no other evidence
than the man seemed to be, “clenching his buttocks,” when
pulled over, police obtained a warrant to perform an anal cavity search
for drugs, but no drugs were found on the man’s person or in his vehicle.
In another case, officers were caught on camera spraying pepper spray in
the eyes of protestors who were handcuffed and immobilized in Humboldt
County, California. Also in California, in 2009, an officer shot a young
man in the back of the head who was already handcuffed and pinned face
down on the ground.
These are, of course, extreme newsworthy situations, but police misconduct
can take a number of forms. It may manifest in use of extreme force, or
it may come in the form of intentional emotional distress.
It is unlawful for a police officer to intentionally create emotional distress.
To sue a police department or individual officer for this act, though,
you must be able to prove three things:
- The officer acted in an outrageous and extreme manner
- The officer’s actions were either intentional or reckless
- The officer’s conduct caused you severe emotional distress
If you can show that the officer was guilty of all three of these things,
you have a case for a suit and you should contact a police misconduct
attorney immediately. Even if you are unsure that you can prove these
things beyond any reasonable doubt, you should call an attorney to discuss
your case anyway.
Why You Need an Attorney on Your Side
In situations like these, police misconduct attorneys are likely more familiar
with the laws that protect you than you are. Given all of the information
available about what happened and how the officer acted, they will be
able to tell you whether or not you have a case and help you decide how
to pursue it.
Remember, simply feeling that an officer was unkind to you is not enough
evidence to prove misconduct. However, if an officer laid hands on you
or otherwise used escalated physical force when you were non-violent and
cooperative, you will almost definitely have a case worth pursuing. Consult
with our Corpus Christi police misconduct attorneys today to find out
how you can get the compensation you deserve for physical and/or emotional
distress due to a police officer’s inappropriate actions.
Call our office at (361) 238-2789 or submit an online contact form for
a free, confidential case evaluation.