Police officers and other law enforcement agents have broad powers to carry out their duties. When police officers go too far, however, the victim of misconduct may have legal recourse. The Constitution and other laws place limits on how far police officers can go in trying to enforce the law. Section 1983 is the primary civil rights law victims of police misconduct rely upon that makes it unlawful for anyone acting under the authority of state law to deprive another person of his or her rights under the Constitution or federal law.
The most common misconduct claims are:
- Excessive or Unreasonable Force (that result in severe physical injury or death)
- False Arrest (or false imprisonment)
- Negligent care of inmates or suspects in custody
- Arrest based on racial or ethnic profiling
Police misconduct cases can be difficult. You need experienced and highly skilled attorneys who specialize in litigating civil rights cases. For over 35 years Stephen R. Drew has successfully represented clients against police officers, municipalities, and other law enforcement agents, agencies, and institutions. He has also worked diligently to change the policies and procedures of law enforcement that are aimed to better protect the communities they serve. He is joined by Adam C. Sturdivant and together they have secured favorable results for clients in some of the most legally and factually complicated and high profile civil rights cases.
If you have been injured or harmed by the willful and unreasonable conduct of a police officer or law enforcement agent, contact us immediately.