Philadelphia Police Misconduct Law Firm: What to Do Immediately After You Are the Victim of Police BrutalityNovember 1, 2013
Police brutality is more of an issue than many people realize, with officers involved in hundreds of fatalities each year. If you have been the victim of police brutality, it is important to take the following steps immediately after the incident and speak out against the officers involved:
Begin by writing down the details of the incident. This should include everything you can remember, even minor points. Take photographs of any visible injuries and preserve any clothing you have that was torn, soiled, or stained during the incident.
Talk to Witnesses
Were other people present who witnessed how you were victimized? Be sure to get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses and document their observations if possible.
Seek Medical Attention
Some incidents may result in only minor cuts and bruises. Other incidents of police misconduct, however, may lead to serious injuries that require medical treatment. If you believe that your injuries are serious, go to your primary care physician, an urgent care clinic, or an emergency room right away for treatment. Be sure to keep records of the costs of your medical care and any documents that discuss your injuries.
Contact an Attorney
Some victims assume that the police will not be held responsible for their actions, fear retaliation, or believe that they did something to warrant the brutality. The truth is that police brutality can only be stopped by victims who speak out against the officers. It is important to contact a civil rights attorney who can help protect your rights and fight on your behalf to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Patrick G. Geckle LLC are experienced in seeking fair compensation and justice for those whose rights have been violated by the police. We have more than 30 years of experience handling litigation in both state and federal courts. Visit our website to find out more about our firm and call us at (215)-735-3326 to schedule a consultation.