We’re all fairly familiar with the term police brutality, however some people are laboring under the misapprehension that there is nothing that can be done about it.
“There is recourse available in law if someone has been the victim of police brutality or misconduct,” said Robert Webb of Webb & D’Orazio, in Atlanta, Georgia.
In situations like this, contacting a well-trained attorney with experience in this area will make all the difference in the world to the eventual outcome in court. Yes, justice will be done, as even the justice system itself does not take kindly to such brute force acts.
There is a fine line between what is considered to be misconduct/excessive force and necessary force in order to deal with or subdue a suspect. Cases like this tend to be complex and evidence or eyewitness reports are crucial to make or break a case. “These kinds of cases may also deal with police officers that have abused their authority and in doing so, mistreated the people they protect and serve,” added Webb.
While there are many theories why these kinds of situations arise, the most prevailing happens to be that police form a closed society, an “us versus them” mentality. “Being that they feel isolated from the rest of society and are in a position of authority, the alienation felt often drives some officers to disregard the rules and regulations everyone else is required to follow,” added Webb.
There are a variety of areas where police misconduct may take place, for instance in a jail setting, the use of racial profiling, false arrests, excessive use of force when other alternatives would have been more appropriate, improper or illegal searches, and sexual abuse. The question is how frequently these kinds of behaviors manifest themselves. The answer seems to be highly disturbing.
Thanks to the ever-present cell phone with video capabilities, many more officers have been caught doing something they really should not be doing. While this may mean today’s society is under more pressure and therefore the police react accordingly, it may also mean this behavior was more common than initially thought, but just not seen. “Suffice it to say that the taped evidence is finding its way into court and justice is done,” commented Robert Webb of Webb & D’Orazio, in Atlanta, Georgia.
If someone feels they have been the victim of police misconduct, approach a skilled lawyer and consult with him or her about proceeding to file a police brutality claim that will see the light of day in court.