The Constitution of the United Stated was written by our founding fathers with the notion that as citizens of this country we have certain inalienable rights that must be protected. These right include the right to due process, informed consent, appeal, petition for change, equal protection under the law, adult patterns of behavior, education, equal opportunity, and opportunities in a least restrictive setting. A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which, if interfered with by another, gives rise to an action for injury.
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When New York City Police (NYPD) abuse their power, they often impact the civil liberties of individuals. Police brutality lawsuits not only seek to obtain compensation for the victim, but also act as an important safeguard in our society to ensure that the appropriate standards for use of force are followed.
Police Brutality and Excessive Use of Force: Police officers are only permitted to use force in proportion to the situation at hand and the threat posed by another person. When excessive force is used that violates an individuals civil rights results, financial compensation may be available if it results in substantial physical injury or death.
Police Taser Lawsuits: Although many people believe that Taser Stun Guns only deliver non-lethal force, Amnesty International has linked at least 334 deaths to police Taser use. According to a report released by Amnesty, victims were unarmed and did not appear to present a serious threat in 90% of the Taser gun deaths they examined. Repeated shocking and excessive Taser use could cause permanent and potentially fatal injury, and Taser lawsuits can be filed as a result of inadequate training or inappropriate use of the stun guns.
Police Shooting Deaths: A weapon should only be drawn by a police officer as a last resort, and in situations where an officer negligently or intentionally injures or kills someone in an unjustified police shooting, compensation may be available through a police wrongful death lawsuit.
False Arrest or Wrongful Imprisonment: The police do not have unlimited authority to arrest or detain people. A police officer must have a reasonable suspicion and probable cause to detain someone for any length of time. Placing someone in prison or jail in an unjustified situation can result in serious financial or emotional damage for an individual.
Despite advances in civil rights, police brutality and police misconduct continue to be problems in the United States. When an officer steps outside of the bounds of their authority and violate the civil rights of a citizen it not only has the potential to result in severe physical injury but damages the public’s trust in police officers.