What is Police Brutality?

While law enforcement is here to help protect citizens from harm, there are instances where officers overstep their boundaries and use force that is beyond their realm of power. There are many legal cases that arise where police brutality occurs, going beyond the limits of their power and resulting in needless injury to the victim. If you are the victim of police brutality, you deserve legal representation from an experienced Portland area personal injury attorney.

At Clarke Griffin, LLC, our legal team has represented clients dealing with the ramifications of police brutality. There are many types of police brutality including:

False Arrest: When a person is arrested and taken into custody without an arrest warrant or without probable cause (if an officer actually saw the person commit a crime or had reason to believe he/she was about to commit a crime), then the victim may have a claim for false arrest or false imprisonment.

Excessive Force: In some instances, a police officer may use an amount of force that is beyond what is necessary to detain an individual or carry out their lawful duties. If a person is abused in any way that results in injury, beyond what was necessary to detain them, then he/she may have the right to file a claim for police brutality.

Unreasonable Search: In today’s world, searches are necessary in public places like airports and schools to make sure that individuals are not carrying weapons. There are situations, however, where an officer can overstep the boundaries of an appropriate search. When an officer searches through a person’s home without a warrant or without the presence of an emergency, or if an officer performs a cavity search on someone who is not under arrest, the victim can file a claim for unreasonable search.

If you or a loved one are the victim of police brutality, our team of tenacious personal injury attorneys are here for you. To learn more about your rights and to schedule your free consultation, contact Clarke Griffin, LLC today. We are here to get you the compensation you deserve.

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