Police Officers have an enormous responsibility to the citizens they are sworn to protect. When an officer violates someone’s constitutional rights, the officer and the police department may be subject to civil and criminal penalties.
Police misconduct is a terrible crime, leaving victims emotionally, financially, and physically in ruin. Police abuse lawsuits seek to obtain compensation for the victim, and also act as an important safeguard in our society to ensure that the appropriate standards for use of force are followed.
If you have been victimized by the police, you must contact The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess! Our attorneys and staff have extensive experience in theses cases and will ensure justice and retribution for you and your family.
In Louisiana there are about 18,050 sworn law enforcement officers. There is a rigorous hiring and training process to become a Louisiana Police Officer. They must pass drug screening, background checks, and other evaluations and complete Louisiana Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST) academy.
To protect citizens and uphold the law, police put their lives on the line everyday. Their jobs are incredibly stressful and honest mistakes do happen. However, stress and mistakes do not excuse an abuse of power.
Most police officers are ethical, hard working, and dedicated to serving their communities. When a law enforcement officer abuses their position of power, they betray the trust the community has put in them and all officers. The Lake Charles team at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have experience helping the victims of police brutality seek compensation for their losses.
Intentional false arrest
Stun gun or taser gun injuries
Making false claims in a police report
Framing a suspect by planting evidence
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Legally, police officers can only use force proportional to the situation and the threat posed by another person. They cannot injure someone without cause. When an officer uses unnecessary force, it violates that individuals civil rights. Police can cause permanent injury or even death if they use unnecessary force. Seeking financial compensation for physical injury or death in a civil lawsuit is among the means to get justice in police brutality cases.
Taser Stun Guns are thought to be non-lethal, delivering only stopping force. When in reality, at least 334 deaths have links to police Taser use. According to reports, 905 of the victims were unarmed and did not appear to present a serious threat. Because of the repeated shocking of the victim, excessive Taser use can cause permanent and potentially fatal injury. You have the right to pursue a lawsuit against the police force when injuries or death occur as a result of inadequate training or inappropriate use of the stun guns.
Police officers must only fire their weapon as a last resort when their life or the lives of others are in danger. If an officer kills someone in an unjustified police shooting, compensation may be available through a wrongful death lawsuit. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess has experience in these cases. We will see justice done for victims and their families.
The police do not have unlimited authority to arrest or detain people. A police officer must have a probable cause and reasonable suspicion to detain someone for any period of time. Placing someone in prison or jail in an unjustified situation can result in serious emotional and financial damage.
Over the past few years, Louisiana has made national media due to prison abuse and fatal shootings. Our Lake Charles staff and attorneys have experience helping victims and their families with these cases. Don’t wait to contact us. All calls are confidential. Let us get started on your case today!
If you are the victim of police misconduct or abuse, you may be able to collect money damages against those responsible. Important time limits govern whether a civil lawsuit can be successfully filed and litigated. So, act quickly to discuss your claim with an experienced Lake Charles, Louisiana lawyer at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess.
We can help you to receive compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Most importantly, we can ensure justice is done for you and your family. Contact the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess to discuss your legal options in a free, confidential, no-obligation personal injury consultation. Call 337-214-8479.