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If nothing else, the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd taught us racial profiling and the use of excessive force by police is far from a myth. The fact is that local and federal law enforcement responses are undeniably racist, but their response is also the product of larger machinery at work, which creates discriminatory policies and institutions. If you defend yourself, you may be charged for your troubles. Many injured victims go straight to jail, which adds another terrifying element to their experience.
So, what do you do if you find yourself facing police brutality? Here are some things you need to know.
What Happens If a Police Officer Uses Excessive Force on you?
If you feel victimized by the people who are supposed to protect and serve, know that you are protected under the Civil Rights Act. As per this law, individuals in power, such as government officials and police officers cannot violate your basic constitutional rights.
As such when they are making arrests, the latter are only allowed to use only the minimum amount of force necessary. If you were injured during an arrest because the acting officer used excessive force during it, you can press charges legally.
Facing the police can be overwhelming, not to mention intimidating. Even if the offense is undisputable, winning the case can be a challenge. However, rest easy in the fact that no one is above the law. All cases pertaining to police brutality are subject to in-depth evaluation and if charged, they should be prosecuted.
What to Do If You Are Victimized by Police
If you think you have experienced police brutality or have been beaten by the police during say a routine traffic stop, take these steps to ensure justice is served:
The last step is particularly crucial and should be acted upon as soon as possible, whether you are in jail for trying to defend yourself against police brutality or have just experienced it. We encourage you to step up and raise your voice against police violence by ensuring the offending officer is brought to justice and your charges are reversed. Our defense lawyers are highly experienced in aiding clients like you and will ensure your best interests are prioritized during the trial. Get in touch with us at our office in Palos Heights, IL.