Chicago’s History Of Police Brutality And Misconduct
Law enforcement officers have the duty of protecting the people from criminal activities. While most Chicago police and other law enforcement officers are good people, there are also rogue officers who use brute force when handling crime suspects.
And although police officers have a right to protect themselves in dangerous circumstances, there are certain lines they cannot cross. Even if you’re a criminal suspect, the police cannot violate your constitutional rights by engaging in brutality and excessive force.
Police in Chicago have time and again unconstitutionally engaged in the use of excessive force especially among the African-Americans and Latinos, as evidenced by various lawsuits and a report by the Justice Department.
What Constitutes Police Brutality?
People who suffer in the hands of the law enforcers experience all forms of police brutality and misconduct. Police brutality manifest in different forms such as:
- Coerced confessions
- Taser misuse
- Wrongful search
- Falsified evidence
- Sexual assault
- Deadly force involving police shootings and beatings
- Prosecution with no merit
- False arrests
- Denial of medical treatment
- Civil rights violations such as racial profiling (discrimination)
Victims of police brutality have reported injuries (sometimes severe), emotional and psychological suffering and in the worst cases, death, as a result of the excessive use of force.
Our Lawyers Are Committed To Fighting For Your Constitutional Rights
You are innocent until proven guilty — that’s the responsibility of the jury. If you’re a victim of police brutality and misconduct in Chicago, you can file a lawsuit with the help of an experienced attorney. At the Law Office of Stephen L. Richards, we guarantee you powerful representation in civil rights violations. For a free consultation on your case, call our firm at 773-467-7079 or send us an email.