Few private citizens are filled with joy to deal with an officer, but most encounters with police end with some ruffled feathers and both go their separate ways. Sadly, not all interactions between suspect and police go on without a hitch. While just one percent of police officers in the U.S. face excessive use force or police misconduct complaints each year, it is important to bear in mind that conflicts between law enforcement and suspected offenders can end tragically and suspects are sometimes wrongfully killed.
What is Excessive Use of Force and Police Misconduct in Nevada?
Excessive use of force occurs when a law enforcement officer uses force beyond what is necessary for a given situation. Police are allowed to use force in dangerous situations, but they cannot use more force than a reasonable person would use under the same circumstances.
Excessive use of force can include:
Body slamming a suspect
Using a chokehold
Shooting unarmed suspect
Tasering someone multiple times
Police sometimes engage in behaviors, often criminal, that are unethical, immoral and goes against an officer’s duty to protect and serve. Some officers engage in these behaviors because they like the power and others do it for financial gain. Below are some examples of police misconduct:
Difficulties with Police Brutality Claims
If you are pursuing civil action against an officer, you will face several hurdles and should be aware of the laws that apply to your claim.
The statute of limitations-Personal injury and wrongful death claims against a city, county or state entity must be filed within two years of the date a victim’s injury occurred.
When you file a police brutality or misconduct complaint, it needs to be sent to the Office of the Attorney General at the address below:
Office of the Attorney General
100 N Carson St.,
Carson City, NV 89701
Proving Misconduct is a Challenge
One of the biggest challenges of a police brutality claim is proving that an officer used excessive force because officers often need to use force throughout the course of their day. Police are tasked with making sure citizens are safe from harm, so they have permission to use force if circumstances dictate. That makes proving a police brutality claim difficult.
If police harm you, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
Funeral and burial (if the victim is killed)
Speak to a Police Misconduct Lawyer
You need to speak to a police misconduct lawyer and give them the details of your case. You can count on our team to be honest about your case and tell you if it has value and should be pursued. USAttorneys can connect you with a lawyer who has dealt with claims against the state and federal government, so you have a greater chance of getting the compensation you deserve. Call and arrange a case evaluation.