Across the United States, law enforcement officials are supposed to be the leaders in protecting the rights of all individuals, even when a person has been accused of breaking the law. In Philadelphia, the vast majority of police officers do respect the civil rights of our citizens and suspects of crimes. However, some law enforcement officers cross the line. At Solomon, Sherman & Gabay, we are standing by to help if you need a Philadelphia police misconduct attorney. We will investigate every aspect of your claim in order to determine what happened, prove liability, and help ensure that you are treated fairly.
At Solomon, Sherman & Gabay, we understand that police misconduct can take many forms. This can include, but is not limited to, the following:
Unfortunately, proving police misconduct can be incredibly difficult. Often, this is because law enforcement officials who participate in misconduct regularly cover up the evidence, and they are sometimes aided by others in the department when doing so. It is crucial to have an attorney with experience handling these claims who can use their resources and legal expertise to get to the bottom of what happened.
In general, courts decide these cases on a case-by-case basis, particularly when it comes to excessive force. The court will decide whether or not an officer’s force was reasonable by considering:
There are various reasons that excessive force and misconduct occur. Often, you will hear it suggested that excessive force or misconduct occurs due to combative behavior, a suspect resisting arrest, or verbal confrontations with the suspect. However, there are many other contributing factors that lead to police misconduct and excessive force. This could include:
If you or somebody you care about have been the victim of police misconduct in or around Philadelphia, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Solomon, Sherman & Gabay, our dedicated team has extensive experience handling complex personal injury and civil rights cases involving law enforcement. Let our attorneys conduct a complete investigation into what happened so we can obtain any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include coverage of your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and possibly punitive damages. When you need a Philadelphia police misconduct attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 215-665-1100.