Law enforcement units and officers are for the most part brave men and women who put their lives at risk to protect people living in their communities and to make the community safer for everyone. They are tasked with enforcing laws and protecting civilians.
However, some of them do abuse the power vested in them. Such cases continue to crop up all over the country and are really bringing the issues of police brutality and use of excessive force to the forefront. This is not Russia or Cuba!
The fact is that even though they are police officers, there are laws and ethics that they need to abide by too. When they fail to do so, then the law enforcement officer in question or the department itself must be held accountable for the violation and should not be allowed to get away with it.
When law enforcement gets away with such behavior, it then leads to them behaving this way again since they believe there will be no consequences.
If you have been a victim or such sloppy or atrocious behavior you need to get on USAttorneys.com. Even if you are not a victim but you know about this since it happened to someone you care about, you have the right to notify a legal professional. This type of behavior needs to be rooted out and perhaps there is a serious kink in the police force’s armor with this individual. It is time for that officer/s to be called out!
Federal Constitutional Rights
Thanks to the constitution, we all have certain federal rights and protections. These include the following rights:
- Freedom of religion, speech, and assembly
- Protection against unreasonable searches and seizures
- Protection from forced testimony against one’s self
- Safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment
- Due process and equal protection of the law
Courtesy of the First Amendment we have the right to freedom of religion, speech, and assembly (but not to break things and act like hooligans!). Courtesy of the Fourth Amendment we have the right to protection against unreasonable searches, seizures, the right to due process, and equal protection of the law.
Courtesy of the Fifth Amendment we have the right to protection from forced testimony against one’s self and lastly, thanks to the eighth amendment, we have the right to safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment.
If and when a police officer knowingly violates any of these rights of yours, then you may have a case against him or her and should certainly hold them liable for it. In fact, by doing so, you can even receive economic and non-economic damages as compensation.
The different types of police misconduct
In Arizona, police misconduct may transpire in several different forms. Police misconduct includes, but is not limited to the following:
- use of excessive force
- wrongful arrest
- illegitimate arrest warrant
- illegal searches or seizures
- being attacked by a dog from the K9 unit
- discrimination based on race, religion, gender, etc.
- planting evidence
- being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on duty
- false imprisonment
Put the heat on the police
If you believe that you happen to be the victim of police brutality or that the law enforcement has violated any of your rights then a competent Arizona police brutality lawyer can help you take legal action and receive the damages that you deserve. USAttorneys.com has made the task of finding the top legal pro in your neighborhood pretty easy.
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