Philadelphia Criminal Lawyers Discuss: When It Is Police Brutality?April 25, 2014
Police work is one of the more difficult and challenging fields of public service. The majority of police officers work diligently to uphold their oath of honor and act “in a manner befitting a police officer.” There are times, however, when officers of the law make poor choices. Some have been guilty of overstepping the bounds of their authority and using too much force. As has been well documented in the news, the use of unnecessary police force can have harrowing consequences as a person’s constitutional rights are violated.
When is the force used by police in an arrest or confrontation considered brutality? If you have been involved in an altercation with police where any of the following occurred, a police brutality investigation should take place under the leadership of an experienced Philadelphia police misconduct attorney.
- Excessive Force
“The use of force greater than that which a reasonable and prudent law enforcement
officer would use under the circumstances.”
- Inappropriate or Excessive Taser Use
The electric shock of a Taser can significantly heighten the risk of heart-related injuries or death for anyone susceptible to cardiac arrest. Repeated shocking and the excessive use of Tasers could cause permanent injury or death.
- Wrongful Shooting
Federal and state laws clearly define the circumstances under which a police officer can use deadly force such as shooting his or her gun.
- Verbal Abuse & Psychological Intimidation
Intentionally leveraging fear of bodily injury to induce an action or confession of some sort.
- False Arrest
When a person is held in custody without probable cause or a legal court order.
- Sexual Misconduct
This is most typically women who are vulnerable — juvenile runaways, prostitutes, drug addicts, drunk drivers, victims of domestic violence, and even simple traffic violators.
- Illegal Surveillance
When technology is used for surveillance in an illegal manner. For example, this can be overstepping the bounds of mass surveillance or the use of radio frequencies assigned only to hobbyists (ie. HAM radio).
Experienced Legal Counsel from the Philadelphia Criminal Lawyers at the Law Offices of Patrick G. Geckle LLC
If you or someone you know has been recently involved in an incident with the police where any of the above was a factor, you’ll need to contact an attorney who has the boldness to represent the interests of justice.
Patrick G Geckle LLC is an exclusive law firm dedicated to helping anyone who has been the victim of Police Misconduct. For experienced litigation from a reputable Philadelphia criminal lawyer, contact us online anytime or call (215)-735-3326 for an appointment right away. Let us help you pursue the best possible outcome for you and your family in the wake of potential police brutality.