Police brutality comes in many forms, and the smallest deviation from ethical actions by police officers or department employees can adversely affect another person’s freedoms and can be considered actions of police brutality if the outcomes deny them their civil rights. Law enforcement deviants can adversely affect the credibility of a whole department when the mishandling of evidence has occurred, and can actually destroy the lives of wrongfully accused victims, who may even be convicted due to this type of police misconduct.
Port St. Lucie Police Department under fire.
Three Port St. Lucie Police Department evidence technicians have posted bond after being arrested in June on accusations of misconduct for the improper disposal of evidence. One of the duties of the police responding to a crime scene is to responsibly gather and preserve evidence, and document those items that are gathered to be used in a criminal case against the alleged criminal to support or deny their innocence. Sometimes police intentionally mishandle evidence because they are convinced a person is guilty thereby manipulating the evidence to build a stronger case against them. Police misconduct that leads to a wrongful criminal conviction due to mishandling of evidence can be considered police brutality because the outcome denies freedom to the victim.
Harms of common police brutality.
Police brutality occurs when officers overstep their prescribed duties in accordance with training and policy and act alternately to cause harm through:
1) excessive force – utilizing more physical force than necessary to subdue a criminal causing bodily harm or death;
2) false arrest and wrongful imprisonment – unlawful restraint of a person’s freedom of movement, and can result from police providing false information in a police report, offering false evidence, mishandling evidence or lying in court;
3) 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 for charges and the mishandling caused conviction for those charges imposed on a victim by misguided police activities;
4) sexual harassment;
5) racial and gender discrimination 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
6) general abuse against civilians.
Hire legal counsel.
An experienced lawyer will know the state and local laws based upon individual rights afforded to all Americans under the United States Constitution. The Law Office of David G. Simmons can use those resources along with a review of police department policy, to support a claim for any damages suffered as a result of police misconduct. If your case has been altered through the mishandling of evidence by the arresting police department, seek legal counsel to see if compensation for injuries, damages for physical injuries, medical bills and pain and suffering could be sought after to remedy the affront.
Law Offices of David G. Simmons
Port St. Lucie, Florida
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