Were You the Victim of Police Brutality and Excessive Force in Clayton County?
Headlines regularly inform us of more and more incidents in which police officers use excessive force against suspects or arrestees, sometimes even causing fatal harm. If you believe that you were a victim of unlawful police force, you should not wait to consult with a Clayton County police brutality attorney who can stand up for your rights.
The Legal Rights of Injured Brutality Victims
While police officers can use force when needed to make an arrest, protect the public, and protect themselves, they cannot simply cause harm to others whenever they want. In many cases, violence from police is unjustified, and the law gives victims the right to take legal action under 42 U.S. Code § 1983, also known simply as Section 1983.
Section 1983 creates a cause of action against government officials acting under the color of law, which includes police officers, who violate the rights of citizens. This includes the right against unreasonable search and seizure provided by the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Excessive force violates this right.
While you might know the police violated your rights, proving this matter in court is a different story. First, police officers will likely claim qualified immunity, and this is a difficult hurdle to overcome. Our experienced excessive force lawyers can work to hold individual officers accountable whenever possible.
Next, you must prove that the force used was excessive given the circumstances. This is a fact-specific analysis, and we know how to provide evidence that an officer’s use of force was unlawful and that you deserve to recover for the damage caused.
Let Our Clayton County Police Brutality Lawyers Protect Your Rights
If you or a loved one suffered police brutality, you want the legal team of Ben F. Windham, PC, on your side. Contact us online or call 833.236.9467 to discuss your situation.