Excessive Use of Force by Police

Injured by those sworn to serve and protect in Cincinnati?

The police have the mission of keeping the public safe from harm and of upholding justice throughout the community, but what happens when they violate this mission? The vast majority of police officers are honorable and well-intentioned individuals who selflessly place their own safety at risk every day to protect others, but just as in any group there is a small percentage of those who abuse their power and give the police a bad name. Fortunately, if you or a loved one has been subjected to any type of police brutality, you may have legal recourse. With the help of a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer from The Moore Law Firm, it may be possible for you to claim monetary damages for the wrongs you have suffered.

The goal of filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a police officer is twofold. First, you could stand to receive financial compensation for all of your losses, including your medical expenses, lost income and the pain, suffering and emotional distress you have been forced to experience. Second, your lawsuit could result in the officer being sanctioned, suspended from the force or even subjected to criminal penalties and imprisoned. By taking action now, you could not only secure the compensation you deserve, but could also keep yourself and others safe from further mistreatment from the bad cop.

Common Types of Police Brutality

Police officers are authorized to use as much force as can be justified as being absolutely necessary to subdue and detain a criminal suspect or an individual who has been caught in the act of committing a crime. The purpose of police force is to secure the public safety-not to punish the criminal. It is not, therefore, allowable for a police officer to smash a suspect's head against a wall, a sidewalk curb or the hood of a squad car. A cop cannot kick or punch a suspect who has already been subdued. Officers cannot encircle a suspect who has been placed in handcuffs and perform a gang-style beating while the victim begs them to stop. These examples may sound extreme, but each has been reported, and some of them are even commonplace.

No type of brutality is acceptable on the part of a police officer, yet the news headlines continually feature horrifying stories of abuse, such as the unnecessary use of Tasers on children, the elderly and disabled and even people who are suffering seizures.

If you or a loved one has been subjected to any type of injurious, humiliating or degrading treatment at the hands of a member of the Cincinnati Police Department or any other police force in Southern Ohio or Northern Kentucky, contact us now so that we can start working on a strategy to hold them accountable.

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