Colorado – January 27, 2021
Racism and police brutality are at national crisis levels, and these crisis levels directly align with rapidly growing tension on both the side of the police, who take an oath to serve and protect, and those persons who have been damaged by overreaching brutality. Media incited aggression through valid and non-valid news outlets with their own agendas may be causing the damage to the reputations of police departments and the civilians, as they call out the perpetrators of brutality and make citizens fearful to use public safety services.
Mistaken identity, or police bias.
Legal action has been initiated against the city of Aurora Colorado for police brutality actions. A woman and her family, including four minor children, had guns drawn on them last year by police mistaking her car for one that had been stolen. Law enforcement personnel with the Aurora Police Department ordered the passengers out of the car and onto the ground, subsequently handcuffing her sister and 12-year-old niece before verifying the car they were riding in was not stolen.
While police officers are allowed the “use of force” including hands, batons, tasers, or other weapons when necessary, and in accordance with officer training and department policy, those powers can be erroneously and excessively used when it comes to police encounters with citizens. Bias-based profiling is a serious offense against citizens that often times leads to excessive force resulting in physical and emotional injury, and death in some cases. Speak to legal counsel who can guide victims through the formal complaint process, or initiate legal action when it is warranted.
Common forms of police misconduct.
Policy brutality is an illegal and actionable offense to be remedied by affected persons, when misguided police officers overstep the boundaries of their “allowed use of force” as defined by individual state and local policy. Victims can be endangered by actions of police brutality through:
- Excessive Force – utilizing more physical force than necessary to subdue a criminal causing bodily harm or death.
- False Arrest and Wrongful Imprisonment – unlawful restraint of a person’s freedom of movement by another acting in perceived accordance with the law.
- Wrongful Search and Seizure Activity – protection from “unreasonable searches and seizures” notwithstanding probable cause enabling a search warrant.
- Racial and Gender Discrimination – 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.
Consult with a police brutality lawyer.
When individuals, or their loved ones suffer personal harm through the actions of law enforcement professionals, they should consult with a police brutality attorney to see if the encounter can be remedied to account for their harmful losses.