Can an attorney assist with police misconduct complaints to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police?

Nevada – February 18, 2021

The Casino visitors from out of state may not be as familiar with the laws of Las Vegas Nevada and this can cause them to be subjected to police misconduct when unethical officers engage in questionable encounters.  High Casino payouts and the increase in DUI, or uncivilized behaviors due to drinking may cause the police to be called to various situations where brawls and disagreements occur.  Sometimes individuals may be charged with crimes, and they may need the services of a criminal defense attorney against unjustified police actions.  If a person believes they have been a victim of police brutality in Las Vegas, they should consult with a police brutality attorney who can help file a formal complaint with the department.

Actions of police misconduct in Las Vegas may include:

Excessive Force – utilizing more physical force than necessary to subdue a criminal causing bodily harm. or death – this can lead to actions or accusations of crimes against a person including: 1) assault; 2) sexual assault; 3) battery;  and 4) battery with a deadly weapon, keeping in mind that police are trained to shoot and/or kill a suspect who poses an immediate harmful or deadly threat.

Physical coercion, or harassment in the subtle form of making a victim uncomfortable by inducing pain, or discomfort during questioning, or even torturing them to give the answers police desire, which may not be the actual facts of an incident.

False arrest is the unlawful restraint of a person’s freedom of movement, and can result from police providing false information in a police report, offering false evidence or lying in court.

Wrongful search and seizure activity, including unreasonable searches relating to gathered evidence, can cause an overturned conviction if it is found that the evidence was the basis of the charges posed on a victim by misguided police activities.

Bias-based policing is the intentional practice by an individual law enforcement officer who incorporates prejudicial judgments based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, religious beliefs, or age, that are inappropriately applied in the performance of his/her duties and can be considered a crime of malicious prosecution (NRS 199.310) in Nevada when an officer causes an innocent person to be arrested for a crime based on any of these prejudicial practices.

Complaints lead to departmental changes.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department addresses complaints through:

  1. Officer use of video cams,
  2. Publicizing Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s annual reports for transparency,
  3. Updated internal affairs actions to ensure police are acting professionally and within the scope of state and federal laws.
  4. Providing Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s police encounter data to public, .
  5. Participating in De-escalation training and other community-friendly reforms.

Case review by legal counsel.

Call an experienced police brutality lawyer for a case review and to see how state and federal laws may support the possible recovery of damages to you.  Damages may include hospital/medical expenses; past and future permanent disability payments; emotional distress including depression and anxiety; loss of enjoyment of life; physical pain and suffering; and loss of love and companionship due to a death or serious injury caused by police brutality through excessive force. USAttorneys.com offers resources to find and contacts skilled attorneys in Nevada.