All Americans are protected at the federal level from police brutality under the constitution that our founding fathers wrote hundreds of years ago. Under the 4th Amendment, any unwarranted search or seizure of a citizen is prohibited. Under the 8th Amendment, citizens are protected from excessive use of force. Additionally, the 14th Amendment protects people who have already been charged with a crime from any unreasonable force or excessive treatment.
When the constitution isn’t enough, state-level police departments step in to do their part in curbing police brutality. In the state of Idaho, more than 450 police officers have been decertified from the police force since 2002 as a result of police brutality, or other types of misconduct.
Reasons for being decertified include:
- Unlawful killings
- Excessive force
- Sexual assault
- Taser abuse
- Coerced confessions
- False arrest
- Violation of due process
- Malicious prosecution
When a police officer is decertified, it doesn’t always stem from the mistreatment of a citizen. It can also be because of poor behavior, dereliction of duty, or other forms of irresponsibility like corruption, having sex while on the job, drug use, and more.
Decertification is just one way that Idaho tries to maintain standards for law enforcement, and doesn’t completely prevent it from happening.
If you think you were mistreated by a police officer or you were subjected to police brutality, you may be entitled to compensation. With the right attorney, you can get the results you want.
In February of 2020, two football players from Idaho State University were falsely arrested during a bank robbery. Their attorneys were able to get $5,100 in compensation for both young men simply by citing constitutional rights.
In 2017, a woman in East Idaho sued the Idaho State Police after alleging that an officer and coerced her into sex while he interrogated her as part of a drug smuggling case. She and her attorneys were able to get $27,000 in compensation.
Compensation in police brutality lawsuit can come in the form of:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Punitive damages like pain and suffering
- Wrongful death lawsuits
- Humiliation, distress
- Personal injury
Before filing a lawsuit, you may want to consider filing a complaint to the police department and see if the situation can be settled outside of the courts. Complaints must be filed within 90 days and can be done by contacting the relevant department depending on whether it was municipal or state police. An experienced Idaho police brutality attorney can help with both filing a claim, and of course a lawsuit.
Are you the victim of police brutality in Idaho?
If you believe you were mistreated by law enforcement in the state of Idaho, get in touch with an attorney to see whether or not you have a case. From Boise to Twin Falls, experienced lawyers are waiting to assist you.