Police brutality and abuse happens every day in America when cops with guns feel they have the power to do anything they want. Cases in St. Louis, Baltimore and Charleston show that police officers cannot be trusted with the power they have. You cannot combat police brutality on your own, but you may contact a lawyer who will help you after police brutality and abuse of power happens.
#1: Call The Lawyer Immediately
You must call your attorney immediately upon being booked into jail. The jail has phones in the cells, and you should detail the abuse of power to an attorney before you are even bailed out. Your attorney can help you document the brutality that occurred, and you can avoid the uncomfortable reporting of the crime while you are still in jail.
#2: Do Not Complain To The Police
You do not know which police officers are crooked, and you should not ask a police officer to take your statement when you are not sure how true that statement will be. Only your attorney should take the statement you make about police brutality, and your attorney can help you file charges after the fact. The prison nurse may document your injuries, and the remote must be returned to you as soon as possible.
#3: Stay At Home
You should not leave the house once you have been attacked by the police. You do not know which police officers could follow you or check up on you once you get out. A police officer who has brutalized you in the past could come back to finish the job, and you must protect yourself by staying at home.
#4: Stay Out Of Trouble
You must stay away from the police when you have already experienced police abuse of power. The police cannot be trusted, and you do not want to end up in a scenario where a police officer can use lethal force. The cases in Baltimore, Charleston and St. Louis show that police officers are not aware of how to use lethal force, and putting yourself in harm’s way is a bad decision on your part.
Working with a lawyer who is experienced with police abuse will help you overcome the stigma of police brutality. You may not feel safe around the police every again, but you must partner with a lawyer who will help you file charges in your case. If you or a member of your family has been the victim of police misconduct, call us at 215-735-3326, toll free at 800-555-7780 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.