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Upholding Your Rights After Police Misconduct

In most cases, police officers and others involved in law enforcement are noble and honorable protectors of society. They are proud of the work they do, and the knowledge that they are keeping us all safe can bring us an invaluable sense of security.

Unfortunately, for all of the good and honorable law enforcement officials, there are others who abuse their power. Along with this, they may also violate a person’s civil rights in a variety of ways.

Police Misconduct

There are many ways someone in law enforcement can violate your rights. These can include:

  • False arrest
  • Unwarranted search and seizure
  • Cruel and unusual punishment
  • Excessive force
  • Illegal strip search
  • Withholding medical treatment
  • Discrimination based on race, religion, disability, age, sex, or personal beliefs
  • Abusive arrest
  • Police brutality
  • Preventing you from consulting a lawyer
  • Racial profiling

How Police Misconduct Can Impact Your Life

If you are a victim of police misconduct, it can adversely affect your life in a variety of ways, depending on your circumstances. Most obviously, you can be injured. Some victims of police misconduct have even died.

Furthermore, your reputation can be damaged. You may find it difficult to get work, which can lead to financial hardship. It can have a tremendously negative impact on your relationships and many other private, personal, and professional matters.

A Difficult Case to Prove

Civil rights lawsuits, including those involving allegations of police misconduct, can be very difficult to prove. Some of the reasons for this include:

  • No constitutional law mandates that a given police force must be competent
  • Prosecutors are not legally bound to understand constitutional rights
  • A civil rights case demands a comprehensive understanding of the constitution and the law

Even one mistake in a case like this can result in its dismissal. That is why it is essential that you engage a Philadelphia civil rights lawyer with a solid background in police misconduct cases.

Have Your Civil Rights Been Violated?

Your civil rights are protected under the United States Constitution and numerous other federal and state laws. That protection includes freedom of speech, religion, and assembly. You also have the right to petition the government, the right to procedural due process, and freedom from discrimination. No one can legally victimize you.

Police misconduct falls under the umbrella of civil law if any of your rights are violated by an officer of the law in any of the ways above. The Civil Rights Act of 1871, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983 allows the recovery of damages, attorney fees, and expenses if you have been deprived of a Constitutional right “under color of state law.”

Philadelphia Civil Rights Lawyers at The Igwe Firm Are on Your Side in Civil Rights Matters

We understand the anguish you can suffer when your civil rights are violated, particularly when police misconduct is involved. If you have been the victim of an abuse of power by a police officer, a sheriff or deputy, or a prison official, we can help to right the wrong and recover the financial compensation you deserve.

We will handle your case with great care and precision. For a free evaluation of your case, please call the Philadelphia civil rights lawyers at The Igwe Firm at 215-278-9898 or contact us online. Our offices are centrally located in Philadelphia, and we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.