With so many high profile police killings in the last few years, ridding the country of police brutality can feel like an impossible uphill battle. The amount of pain and frustration that communities feel after they lose people to police misconduct often overshadows any progress made in the fight towards ethical law enforcement.
The officer in question was accused of needlessly beating local man Timothy Williams after arresting him. A total of eight other officers were also accused of punching or kicking him while Williams was already in custody.
Williams was stopped by police when they were investigating a car alarm. The officers then apprehended him and reportedly found a fake black pistol and a crack pipe in his pocket.
Your constitutional rights
So as we can see in this situation, even though Williams may or may not have committed a crime, his constitutional rights were violated when the police beat him after he was already arrested.
This is a violation of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits excessive use of force by a police officer once a suspect has already been apprehended. With additional investigation, it may also be determined that Williams’ 8th Amendment rights were violated if the police used excessive force before or while they were apprehending him. Williams reportedly had “lacerations” on him which the police couldn’t explain, leading city officials to become suspicious and bring them in for questioning.
Police brutality can come in many forms, including:
- False arrest
- Wrongful deaths
- Humiliating strip searches
- Wrongful use of weapons
- Wrongful search or seizure (violation of 4th Amendment)
Police misconduct doesn’t always involve the mistreatment of citizens, it can also involve various acts of unprofessionalism or dereliction of duty. Police officers have been decertified for all sorts of misconduct, including:
- Dealing drugs on the job
- Hiring prostitutes
- Hit and runs
- Drunk driving
- Harassing people for fun
- Wasting time, not responding to calls
Police officers operate under whats referred to as “qualified immunity,” meaning they are afforded certain privileges under the law that allow them to act in certain ways in order to apprehend suspects and de-escalate situations. Given their qualified immunity, and the vast resources of the state to defend themselves, suing the police can be difficult without an experienced Louisiana police brutality attorney.
A qualified attorney can help thoroughly investigate the incident and see which (if any) laws or rights were broken by the police officers. Compensation can be obtained in multiple ways, which your lawyer can assist you with depending on your case.
Do you want justice for police brutality?
Experienced Louisiana police misconduct lawyers are waiting to talk to you today. Don’t hesitate to get in touch and start the journey toward justice.