Police Misconduct

In California and throughout the United States, law enforcement officers are trusted to “protect and serve.”  While the majority uphold that trust, some do not — leading to tragic or even fatal consequences for their victims.

Police misconduct may not happen every day, but when it does, the results can be devastating.  A person expects the police to protect them, and instead, they are victimized by the police.  This can happen in a number of ways, from being physically hurt to subject to false arrest.

If you have been subjected to police misconduct, the Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn can help.  With more than 50 years of experience, we understand the system — and how to get results for our clients.  Contact us today at (310) 209-1600 or info@michaelkahnlaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation.

Types of Police Misconduct Cases

Police misconduct can take many forms. Here in California, a police officer may be accused of:

  • Excessive force: an officer may use too much force in making an arrest or simply going about their work, without arresting anyone. In some cases, this leads to serious injury for the victims, such as broken bones, bruises, and even traumatic brain injuries.
  • Taser misuse: tasers are designed as an alternative to the lethal use of force. However, when used improperly, tasers can cause significant harm, including death and paralysis. Inadequate training and overly aggressive use of tasers can lead to these consequences.
  • Shooting deaths: the unlawful use of deadly force is a growing problem in California, as“shoot first, ask questions later” mentality seems to be taking hold. When an unarmed person is killed by the police, that death may be wrongful — and grounds for a police misconduct lawsuit.
  • False arrest: the police must have reasonable suspicion to stop a person, and probable cause to take them into custody. A false arrest can cause both financial and emotional harm.

If you have been subject to these or any other types of police misconduct, then you may be able to file a lawsuit with the assistance of a California police misconduct attorney.

What Rights Do Victims of Police Misconduct Have?

While it may not appear that the police are bound by any rules, there are laws that prevent law enforcement from acting with impunity.  If the police commit misconduct, a civil lawsuit can lead to financial compensation for their wrongdoing.

Most police misconduct cases are brought under a federal law, typically referred to as Section 1983.  In short, this section of Title 42 of the United States Code makes it unlawful for anyone acting under the authority of state law to deprive another person of their rights.  Section 1983 has been used as the basis for cases involving excessive force, improper use of restrains, and even unlawful questioning.

Section 1983 cases are complicated.  An experienced California police misconduct attorney can work with you to help you pursue compensation if your rights have been violated under this law or any other state or federal law.

Work with a California Police Misconduct Attorney

When a law enforcement officer violates the law, they must be held accountable.  The Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn can help you do just that.

We represent Californians on a range of cases, including police misconduct claims.  We will work with you to develop a strong case, and then aggressively advocate for your rights — and for justice.  Contact us today at (310) 209-1600 or info@michaelkahnlaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled California police misconduct attorney.

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