Florida Police Brutality Attorney
Headlines regarding police brutality are becoming relatively routine in Florida and across the US, but you may not realize the full extent of the problem until you learn some troubling statistics. According to Mapping Police Violence, a research effort on law enforcement killings and violence, an average of 75 individuals are killed by Florida police every year. Hundreds more suffer serious injuries because of misconduct by officers, including unjustified beatings, tasing, shootings, and use of chemical agents.
Suffering harm at the hands of police is intolerable, but it is a relief to know that you have rights beyond any disciplinary action for the offending officer. Our team at Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A. can advise you on your options, including a claim for compensation for your devastating losses. Please contact our office to set up a free consultation with a Florida police brutality attorney right away. Some background information about these cases may also be helpful.
Police Misconduct Violations Your Civil Rights
Law enforcement officers have broad powers they can exercise when carrying out their duty to keep the public safe, but the US and Florida Constitutions place limits on their authority. Civil rights laws protect all citizens from government overreaching, including misconduct by police. A violation can lead to disciplinary action against an individual officer and certain administrative officials, but any penalties will not compensate you for your losses as a victim.
Therefore, your remedy is suing for a violation of your civil rights. Some of the most common types of police brutality cases involve:
- False arrest and/or imprisonment;
- Malicious prosecution;
- Use of unreasonable or excessive force; and,
- Use of unwarranted deadly force.
We Aggressively Pursue Perpetrators of Police Brutality
When you are hurt by officers who violate your civil rights, you have legal options that are similar in some ways to a personal injury action. However, these cases are not based upon negligence and are very specific in terms of what you must prove. Our lawyers at Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A. will investigate to gather sufficient evidence regarding the following elements:
- You must show that the actions of the officer are in excess of what would be considered reasonable under the circumstances;
- You need to prove that your rights were violated through police misconduct; and,
- You must show that you sustained losses because of police brutality.
Our attorneys will seek all damages available under state and federal law, including medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We can also pursue the officer for punitive damages, which are intended to punish the offender for police brutality.
Our Florida Police Brutality Lawyers Will Fight for Your Rights
While it may be helpful to review this summary of your options as the victim of police brutality, it is critical that you retain experienced legal counsel for assistance with the specifics. To learn how our attorneys can help with the process, please contact Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A at 305-445-1111 or via our website. We can schedule a no-cost case evaluation to assess your circumstances at our office in Coral Gables, FL.