When you suffer a personal injury at the hands of another person, you are likely entitled to receive some form of legal compensation from them to help you recover from the losses they caused you. However, this is not always the case when the offending party is a law enforcement officer.
Unfortunately, not every injury given to you by a police officer is considered an act of police brutality, and not every aggressive act can be litigated against, even if it caused you bodily harm. You should reach out to an attorney who specializes in dealing with such cases to see if you are allowed to litigate against the officer for the injuries they caused you, as every case is different.
Due to the nature of their work, police officers have the legal right to use force on another person to subdue them during their arrest or if they feel like the person is a threat to themselves and everyone around them. Though this force is expected to be reasonable, as the officers must have a valid reason for believing the person was dangerous, they are still allowed to cause as much harm as necessary to secure the arrest.
The Fourth Amendment states that unreasonable seizures are prohibited. This means that officers are not allowed to exceed the necessary amount of force needed to carry out the arrest because this counts as police misconduct. It is preferred they use minimal force, but if more is needed, they are allowed to go ahead and execute it.
What if a police officer injures me after my arrest in Jackson, Mississippi?
If you are injured by a police officer after they have subdued you, then the officer has stepped out of legal bounds. The law allows police to subdue a person with force, but once you are harmless and under arrest, the officer is not allowed to lay a hand on you or cause you any further pain. Furthermore, if it can be proven that the officer caused this additional harm due to ethnic bias or racial profiling, they have violated your rights and can be held accountable for their actions by the law.
To prove that the police officer was guilty of misconduct, you will need as much evidence as you can gather. The stronger your case is, the higher your chances are of getting the justice you deserve.
Get in touch with a personal injury attorney at the Heilman Law Group today to discuss your rights regarding the pain you suffered at the hands of an officer.
Reach us at:
4266 I-55 North
Jackson, Mississippi 39211