Las Vegas, by its touristy nature has a consistent influx of non-residents that can be subjected to police misconduct within, and around the Casino population of quick risks for high payouts tending to be a fertilized ground for crime.
Common police misconduct tactics in Las Vegas.
Excessive Force – utilizing more physical force than necessary to subdue a criminal causing bodily harm or death – this can lead to actions or accusations of crimes against a person including: 1) assault; 2) sexual assault; 3) battery; and 4) battery with a deadly weapon, keeping in mind that police are trained to shoot and/or kill a suspect who poses an immediate harmful or deadly threat.
Physical coercion or harassment in the subtle form of making a victim uncomfortable by inducing pain or discomfort during questioning, or even torturing them to give the answers police desire, which may not be the actual facts of an incident.
False arrest is the unlawful restraint of a person’s freedom of movement, and can result from police providing false information in a police report, offering false evidence or lying in court.
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 of the charges posed on a victim by misguided police activities.
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 can be considered a crime of malicious prosecution (NRS 199.310) in Nevada when an officer causes an innocent person to be arrested for a crime based on any of these prejudicial practices.
Restoration of community trust.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has been making efforts to regain the trust of the community through:
- The use of video cams on officers.
- Publicizing Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s annual reports for transparency to the community regarding financial priorities toward community safety.
- Updated internal affairs actions to ensure police are acting professionally and within the scope of state and federal laws in correlation with department policies.
- Collaborative Reform is the initiative to address changes through organizational transformation by the analyses of policies, practices, training, and tactics around specific issues that may jeopardize the department’s legitimacy in the community.
- Providing Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s statistics for public view regarding all police encounters data and related outcomes.
- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department efforts to reduce trigger-happy police has resulted in participation of de-escalation training and reform.
Hire legal counsel.
Call an experienced lawyer at the Southwest Injury Law Firm for a free review of your case with an explanation of how state and federal laws may impact the possible recovery of damages to you. Damages may include hospital/medical expenses; past and future permanent disability payments; emotional distress including depression and anxiety; loss of enjoyment of life; physical pain and suffering; and loss of love and companionship due to a death or serious injury caused by police brutality through excessive force.
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