Denver, CO—Police misconduct can range from an officer using someone’s race or gender as their basis for making a stop (i.e. biased-based policing) to forcefully throwing a person to the ground who complied with all the officer’s commands. While there are different levels of police misconduct, all can affect a person in a multitude of ways. If an individual thinks they are a victim of police misconduct and would like to discuss their encounter with a legal professional, they can contact Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC at 720-923-2333 for an initial consultation.
Examples of Police Misconduct
Some of the more common types of police misconduct individuals are familiar with include:
- Excessive Force
Excessive force is considered an unreasonable amount of force that is applied by a law enforcement officer. Excessive force is often resorted to when an officer has not been properly trained on how to integrate the use of force continuum into their line of work. The use of force continuum is different levels of force that can be applied based on present circumstances. Officers are expected to start with the lowest level of force, given any amount of force is needed, and work their way up the ladder if the situation calls for a higher level of force to be applied.
Unfortunately, rather than doing this, some officers choose to initially apply an excessive amount of force that is deemed unreasonable and unnecessary.
- Tampering with Evidence/Falsifying Reports
When a police officer has no probable cause to stop or detain an individual but chooses to apply physical force or arrest them anyway, they need to find a way to justify their behavior to avoid getting into trouble. This often results in an officer falsifying a report. When an officer makes a mistake while in the line of duty that could potentially cause him/her to be reprimanded, this can lead to them tampering with the evidence.
- Sexual Misconduct
Sexual misconduct is yet another form of police misconduct that has caused civilians to develop a distrust for their law enforcement agencies. Sexual misconduct can include anything from conducting inappropriate searches to forcing a suspect to submit to sexual requests in exchange for their freedom.
Police officers hold a substantial amount of power while on duty. Not only do they have the power to arrest someone and potentially take away their freedom, but they have the ability to place individuals in uncomfortable situations with no reasonable way to get out. When police abuse their rights and authority and use their badge to take advantage of individuals who may or may not have committed a crime, they should be held accountable for their poor choices.
Anyone who has been victimized by a Denver, CO police officer can contact Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC for legal help and advice. Although an individual may feel worried or afraid to come forward with their allegations, they need to know they aren’t alone in their fight for justice. The Denver, CO police brutality attorneys at Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC will be there with them each step of the way as they work to hold the officer who harmed them accountable for their behavior.
Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC can be reached at:
333 W. Hampden Avenue, #420B
Englewood, CO 80110