After being approached by an officer who suspects you have just committed a crime, one of the first things you are going to want to do is obey the officer’s commands. Many of the individuals who fight back, attempt to flee, or blatantly disregard what the officer has asked him or her to do places themselves in a very dangerous situation as the officer could react by applying physical and/or deadly force. Unfortunately, many of the citizens who do comply with officer requests and/or demands are still subjected to being physically harmed as there are some officers who abuse the rights and power they have.
So, what is a person to do, whether they were guilty of committing a crime or not, when an officer has applied force even after they obeyed the orders of an officer they have come in contact with?
They should hire a Naples, FL police brutality attorney who can help them recognize the officer for misconduct and potentially recover damages for the physical and psychological injuries they suffered. While it is true that officers in Naples and all across the U.S. are permitted to apply force when they deem necessary, they are still expected to use it only when the circumstances call for it. When a police officer applies force that is “in excess of what [he or she] reasonably believes is necessary,” they are then guilty of applying excessive force.
Example of Excessive Force
Let’s say you were stopped by police while walking and you were asked to present identification as the officer who stopped you believed you matched the description of someone who committed a burglary nearby. After calmly questioning the officer as to why you must provide identification, he or she took it upon themselves to restrain you and repeatedly hit you while hand-cuffed. You were not rude, nor did you disobey the officer, rather you merely questioned the officer’s attempt to identify you. Instead of providing you with an explanation, the officer immediately resorted to violence. The officer, in this case, could be found guilty of applying excessive force.
What struggles you might encounter when trying to identify an officer for police brutality?
If a Naples, FL police officer applied excessive force, sexually or physically assaulted you, or engaged in any other type of inappropriate act, while you can recognize them by filing a complaint with their department or filing suit against him or her, there is no guarantee you will be successful at getting him or her recognized for their misconduct. You can, however, retain a police brutality lawyer in Naples, FL who has experience with handling cases of this nature. What exactly can a lawyer do for you?
An attorney, such as those at The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. can protect your Constitutional rights and increase your chances of winning your case should you decide to file a lawsuit against the officer and/or his or her department. Therefore, if you are a victim of police misconduct and the inappropriate act was committed by a Naples, FL police officer, contact The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. at 866-949-0888 for a free 30-minute phone consultation to learn more about how attorney Michael M. Raheb can help you.
You can reach The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. at:
3606 Enterprise Avenue, Suite 358
Naples, Florida 34104