Even though you may be under investigation or you are arrested, you continue to possess your constitutional rights not to be subjected to police misconduct. Police misconduct is a term used to describe a variety of inappropriate, wrongful, or illegal actions by police officers committed in connection with their official duties. Acts of police misconduct typically involve the officer or officers violating your civil rights. State and federal laws protect you from being subjected to excessive force or unreasonable force by law enforcement officers. You are also protected from unreasonable searches, illegal seizure of property, malicious prosecution, false arrest or imprisonment, and other acts of police misconduct.
If a law enforcement officer has used excessive force or otherwise violated your civil rights, you need to consult a Michigan police misconduct attorney as soon as possible. The Clark Law Office fights for victims and families of police misconduct. You have legal rights, and we want to help you exercise those legal rights. Call 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation with an Okemos police misconduct attorney. WARNING: You are under a strict deadline for filing a claim for police misconduct. Do not wait to contact our attorneys to discuss your options as a victim of police misconduct.
What Constitutes Excessive Force or Police Brutality?
Police officers are permitted to use force when necessary, but the amount of force used must be reasonable and necessary. Because each case is different, the amount of force necessary and reasonable varies.
Some incidents may require more force, such as in the case of subduing a suspect who is armed, resisting arrest, and attempting to harm another person or a police officer. However, the amount of force required to arrest a suspect who is cooperating should be far less than the amount of force used for the suspect who is armed and resisting arrest. In cases in which the suspect threatens the officer or another person with great bodily harm or death, the officer may be justified in using deadly force.
In many cases, the intent of the officer is an important element in whether the force used was reasonable or excessive. The events leading up to the confrontation can provide some context. In addition to witness statements, videos of the incident can be very persuasive when used during a police misconduct trial. The videos from dash cams and body cams provide strong and convincing evidence Michigan police misconduct attorneys can use to demonstrate the officer used excessive force for the situation.
Other Types of Police Misconduct
Many individuals associate police misconduct with the use of excessive force. However, there are other types of police misconduct claims that our Okemos police misconduct attorneys investigate and litigate. Examples of police misconduct claims that The Clark Law Office handles include: