While most of us have never feared interactions with police, there’s a certain segment of the United States’ population for whom engagement with the police can be deadly. Although the vast majority of police interactions don’t result in brutality or death, for some people in America, particularly people of color, police brutality is an ongoing epidemic that for centuries has been neglected and excused. If you or a loved one have recently experienced police brutality in Michigan, we recommend getting in touch with a police brutality attorney right away.
Police Brutality in America: How You Can Combat it with the Help of an Attorney
According to Amnesty International “the term police brutality” is sometimes used to refer to various human rights violations by police. This might include beatings, racial abuse, unlawful killings, torture, or indiscriminate use of riot control agents at protests.” Of course, this past summer, waves of protests filled the streets of America, as the killing of an unarmed black man – a human being – George Floyd, angered millions across the country and the world. The reaction, importance and visibility linked to this issue prompted researchers to study and analyze the data surrounding police brutality as well as who are the most common victims of it. From a variety of data sets, Nature points out, come very disturbing findings. “About 1,000 civilians are killed each year by law-enforcement officers in the United States. By one estimate, Black men are 2.5 times more likely than white men to be killed by police during their lifetime1. And in another study, Black people who were fatally shot by police seemed to be twice as likely as white people to be unarmed2.” This data is troubling for everyone, but particularly for people of color in America.
Not to mention that individuals who have been personally impacted by police brutality, are at risk of mental, emotional, and physical trauma which may take a few months or years to heal but that could potentially ruin the rest of your life. Given the severe consequences to the victims of police brutality, it’s imperative that if you or someone close to you has recently experienced police brutality, you reach out to a licensed and knowledgeable attorney who can advocate for your rights and make sure that justice prevails. These attorneys dedicate their lives and careers to helping people like you who have been wronged by law enforcement, the very people who are supposed to protect you. To pursue a successful case against the parties involved and to obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve for your injuries, you’ll need the help of an attorney with fortitude and sagacity to stand up to the other party and speak up in the name of justice. If you or someone you love has fallen a victim to police brutality, reach out to excellent Michigan attorneys at the Neumann Law Group at (616) 717-5666.