To protect and to serve — that’s what police are supposed to do. Unfortunately, the police force attracts individuals who thrive on the power the badge gives them, and who often lack the compassion and reason necessary to resolve a confrontation without using excessive force. If you have been the victim of police brutality, you have a right to seek legal action to recover compensation for the wrong done to you. You want an experienced and aggressive lawyer to protect your interests.
At the Law Offices of Mallon & Tranger, we have extensive experience protecting the rights of people who have been victims of unnecessary force or brutality by law enforcement officers. To schedule a private meeting, contact us online or call us at (732) 410-6094. Your first consultation is free.
The Many Faces of Police Brutality
Though police officers, including sheriffs, detectives and deputies, are often authorized to use force to resolve a situation, the use of excessive force is considered to be in violation of both the 5th and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Nonetheless, there are frequent circumstances in which law enforcement officers exceed the force necessary to diffuse a situation. This can include:
- Unnecessary choking or choke holds
- Using Tasers, teargas or pepper spray in nonthreatening situations
- Unnecessary use of batons, fists or other objects
- Kicking suspects or detainees
- Tackling, tripping, shoving or slamming a suspect into any object, from a vehicle to a wall to the ground
- Use of attack dogs
- Illegally detaining a person or arresting someone without probable cause
When You Have Been a Victim of Police Brutality
If you have been mistreated by a police or law enforcement officer, your first step should probably be to contact an attorney. You will also want to go directly to the police department and report the incident. The police department should be monitoring the conduct of its officers and should conduct an investigation. You should know, however, there’s something known as the “Blue Code of Silence,” where police officers are reluctant to testify against other officers. Even if the police department conducts an investigation, it will be your word against the police officer’s. Nonetheless, the police department may suspend the officer pending the outcome of investigation if they believe that your story has credibility.
You will also want to identify all potential witnesses and obtain their names and contact information. Your attorney will interview all witnesses to determine the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
Contact Mallon & Tranger
We offer a free initial consultation to people in New Jersey who have been victims of police brutality. To set up a meeting, contact us online or call us at (732) 410-6094 for an appointment. We have offices in Freehold, Toms River and Point Pleasant.