Kansas – February 11, 2021

Communities should not have to be fearful of police interaction, but many people, specifically those who may have reason to experience bias-based profiling, are uncertain about the interests and duties of police in their neighborhoods. Negative situations sometimes arise during police encounters and citizens may push back against actions of police brutality in the field, only to be met with more aggression causing injury during an arrest.  These incidents may require the services of a criminal defense attorney to explain the citizen’s side of the encounter.

Sexual abuse and police brutality.

Police brutality in the form of sexual assault/harassment has increased all over the United States regarding perverse policing activities that have led to settlements for damages costing departments millions of dollars.  If a police officer has engaged in sexual harassment, or abuse, under the guise of their professional employment, it is a form of police brutality whereby civil and criminal legal action may be brought against that officer.  An experienced police brutality attorney  can guide a victim’s actions in their best interests toward damage recovery.

Formal complaint.

Citizen complaints against the Wichita Police Department should be made to the member’s Bureau Commander, or immediate supervisor.  Many complaints are resolved by the supervisor, who determines the appropriate action to be taken after investigating the complaint. When complaints are severe, as in the case of sexual assault, a supervisor will take an initial statement from the complainant and refer the matter to the Professional Standards Bureau for a formal investigation.

Professional standards bureau.

Citizens wishing to make a complaint directly to the Professional Standards Bureau should call (316) 268-4256 to make an appointment. Complaints to Professional Standards are generally taken in person. A representative of the Professional Standards Bureau will meet with a victim of police misconduct and engage in a taped interview. A complaint affidavit will also be completed, to document the facts of the complaint and allegations. The complaint will then be investigated by the Bureau, and the results will be forwarded to the Chief of Police. A letter will be sent to notify the victim of the findings in the investigation.  In addition to a department complaint, a civil, or criminal lawsuit may be initiated for personal injury harms by an experienced police brutality attorney.

Legal recourse.

There are various federal and state laws including the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act, Title 42 United States Code, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Kansas State Code to name a few, that insure remedy to individuals who have suffered the negative effects of police brutality through sexual assault/harassment.  An experienced attorney can explain how these laws support a case against an unethical officer.

Damage compensation.

Victims of sexual abuse police misconduct at the hands of a Wichita Police Officer should contact an attorney to evaluate and review the case to see if damage compensation is warranted.  Damages may include hospital/medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other remedies on a case-by-case analysis.