They enforce the law, and they also have to follow it. At the end of the day, police officers are citizens just like the rest of us, and they need to abide by certain standards in their line of duty. A badge does give police officers certain privileges, but not superpowers. Any cop who clearly goes outside of his legal boundaries may have to face legal consequences in a court of law.
If you feel you were the victim of police brutality or misconduct, you may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with an experienced Oklahoma police brutality lawyer today to see if you have a case, and begin the legal process.
Are there laws against police brutality?
The United States Constitution protects everyone from police brutality and police misconduct under the 4th and 8th Amendments. The 4th Amendment prohibits unreasonable search and seizures, while the 8th Amendment prohibits cruel or unusual punishment.
“Unreasonable” and “cruel” can be subjective terms, and the police will always argue that their actions were justified based on the circumstance of the incident. People claiming that they or their loved ones experienced police brutality need to be able to clearly prove in court that these constitutional rights were violated, which can, unfortunately, be difficult for a number of reasons.
Why is it so hard to sue the police?
The police and the state have a nearly endless pool of resources to defend themselves, so they can take as much time as they want and spend as much money as they want on litigation. They can also stall in releasing information, as shown in the case of the killing of 15-year old Stavian Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was shot by police under questionable circumstances after committing a robbery, and the Oklahoma Police Department refused to release the video. Puzzlingly, the police charged Rodriguez’s robbery accomplice with murder instead. Rodriguez’s mother is suing for $175,000 in damages for the shooting, but information on the case is still foggy.
Common types of police misconduct include:
- Wrongful arrest
- Excessive use of a weapon
- Home searches without a warrant or probable cause
- Allowing K-9 dogs to maul already apprehended suspects
- Sexual assault
Getting compensation for police brutality
Sometimes it’s possible to settle with a police department without resorting to the legal system. This can happen if the police are in admittance of their guilt and don’t want to bother trying to fight the accusation in court knowing it’s likely futile to do so.
However, If the police department is reluctant to admit any fault, that’s when you may need an Oklahoma police brutality lawyer.
Are you looking for compensation from a police brutality incident in Oklahoma?
Since there are time limits on filing police misconduct complaints and lawsuits, you’ll want to get in touch with an attorney today. Whether you’re in Oklahoma City, or out in Alfalfa, qualified lawyers are ready to help you.