Illinois – February 4, 2021

Civil rights violations appear in daily news headlines and police brutality, bias-based policing, and excessive force are at the root of this national crisis, especially in the larger cities where there are more citizens to protect, and more criminals to subdue.  When young men and women are beaten, arrested, and even killed due to unwarranted police action, a new system of checks and balances must be put into play. Consultation with a personal injury attorney can guide individuals who believe they have been victimized by police brutality actions.

Demise of citizen trust.

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States where trust and accountability is eroding the faith of the residents, and the ethical police officers who are trying to safely do their jobs and make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and work. The negative public view of the police department and its actions have forced regional police departments to develop actionable policies addressing internal checks and balances to reduce the incidents of any of the categories of police brutality, and address formal reports, citizen reports and social media reports that fuel the actions of those in powerful positions.

Common types of police brutality. 

Police brutality occurs when officers overstep their duties and act against police training and standard operating policies, to cause physical harm through beating, taser use or firearms.  Situations may require the use of force, but excessive force may cause serious injury, and sometimes death, as seen in many cases across the United States.  Excessive force is not the only violation of police brutality. Other actions include false arrest and wrongful imprisonment; wrongful search and seizure activity; sexual harassment; racial and gender discrimination; and general abuse against civilians.  A police brutality attorney can assist with legal action against police brutality encounters.

Reporting complaints.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has an Office of Professional Review ensuring employee misconduct will not be tolerated and is made up of a group of trained investigators who will conduct administrative and criminal investigations for allegations and complaints made against any officers, including correctional officers, deputy sheriffs and police.  Police brutality lawyers can assist with the preparation of formal complaints.  All complaints must be notarized and signed before being submitted in accordance with Illinois State Law 50 ILCS 725/3.8(b) and delivered to the:

Office of Professional Review
Cook County Sheriff’s Office
3026 South California
Building 2, Fourth Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60608-5110
(773) 674-7580

Include in the complaint they type of policy brutality that a victim has encountered.

  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 by another acting in perceived accordance with the law.
  3. Wrongful Search and Seizure Activity – protection from “unreasonable searches and seizures” notwithstanding probable cause enabling a search warrant.
  4. 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.

Seek legal counsel.

When citizens, or loved ones have been subjected to any negative police brutality actions, legal counsel should be consulted to see if compensation for property damage, physical injuries, medical bills and pain and suffering could be sought after to remedy the affront.