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George Floyd died a slow and painful death. He pleaded with the officer to get off his neck so he could breathe, but he only lifted his knee after 9 minutes. By that time, Floyd had already suffocated. While reforms are underway to prevent repeat incidents, that doesn’t mean you are safe. Chicago’s excessive force lawyers will tell you the same.
You should still take measures to protect yourself from excessive force by the police if you are pulled over. Remain calm, and you can have a solid defense case if you are harmed during the stop. Here are some things you can do to reduce risks:
Justifications for resisting arrest because of police brutality or excessive force are rare due to specific exceptions that prevent people from resisting arrest. These include the following:
In this case, you are damned if you resist and damned if you don’t. Experienced Chicago excessive force lawyers can defend you against these tricky charges.
You don’t have to be in the vehicle to take a stand against police abuse. If you witness officers using excessive force on someone, you can help them by collecting video evidence. Here is what you can do:
If you were a victim of police brutality, contact our defense lawyers at Michael D. Ettinger & Associates. We have extensive experience defending people like you and have over 70 years of combined experience working on excessive force cases.
If you wish to sue the officer who harmed you during the stop, you need a strong defense strategy. Contact our Cook County excessive force attorneys for a consultation today. We will devise a plan to protect your rights and best interests. This includes collecting evidence from witnesses who may have recorded the incident. The faster you reach out to us, the better.