Did a police officer in Daytona Beach, FL verbally abuse you during a routine traffic stop? Did he or she arrest you and apply excessive force? Perhaps you are a victim of racial profiling and were charged with a crime you didn’t actually commit. If you aren’t a victim of one of the situations listed above but were mistreated by an officer in Daytona Beach, there are police brutality attorneys in your area who can help you file a complaint against the officer(s).
How does filing a complaint benefit a victim of police brutality?
Each year, hundreds of complaints are filed with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida as well as with individual police departments after officers abuse their power and take advantage of those they come in contact with. All too often are citizens’ rights violated and disregarded when their encounter with an officer goes bad. While many do choose to continue on with their lives and do nothing to address the incident, those who stand up against the abuse get one step closer to obtaining the justice that is due.
If you are someone who is looking to fight back against the mistreatment you have been subjected to, its time you contact Pappas & Russell so that a Daytona Beach, FL police brutality lawyer can assist you with filing a complaint and possibly even a lawsuit against the officer who harmed you.
Now, if you’re wondering why you should even bother filing a complaint as many incidences involving officers of the law are often brushed under the rug, we have a few reasons which we have listed below.
- Filing a complaint can help bring awareness that police brutality continues to be a serious issue that interferes with the communities’ ability to trust its police officers. Even if your complaint is dismissed, most departments are required to keep a record of the complaints that are filed for a certain period of time which means if it were to be audited or its officers’ behavior was questioned, the complaint could very well come up later on.
- Your complaint will spark an investigation. Each time a complaint is filed with a police department, it must be investigated to determine whether there is any validity to it or not. This means the officer’s behavior will be assessed and if evidence is discovered that supports your complaint, that officer could face disciplinary action.
Aside from filing a complaint, you also have the right to file suit against the officer and/or the department in which they work for.
How do I file a complaint against an officer employed in Daytona Beach, FL?
If the officer is employed with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, you can click here to access the complaint form you will need to submit along with the corresponding instructions. Now, we do encourage you to speak with a legal expert in your area before submitting a complaint as you want to be sure the information you include in it is accurate and precise. If you are ready to take the leap and contact a police brutality in Daytona Beach, FL for help, call 386-254-2941 today.
Pappas & Russell can be reached at:
213 Silver Beach Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118