Police Brutality Lawyer

Police Brutality Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

Seeking Full Compensation for Victims of Police Abuse in South Florida

If you’ve been the victim of police abuse or brutality, you may be entitled to pursue justice in the form of a civil lawsuit. While it can seem overwhelming to go up against a police officer or law enforcement organization, our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. will stand behind you every step of the way. 

We believe that law enforcement should be held accountable to the public, and when their actions violate their basic responsibilities, victims have the right to seek fair compensation for their losses.

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Types of Civil Rights Violations and Police Misconduct

To keep the peace and maintain order, police officers are often permitted to take actions that civilians are not. But the limits to these actions are clearly defined in the United States Constitution, which recognizes that all Americans have inherent, inviolable civil rights and freedoms. Sometimes, police officers can also take advantage of their power by subjecting citizens in their care to police brutality and other abuses. 

Police Misconduct Can Encompass a Range of Other Abuses, Including but Not Limited To:

  • Excessive or deadly use of force
  • Racial profiling
  • Unauthorized search or seizure
  • Sexual assault and rape
  • Unnecessary strip searches
  • Blackmail, coercion, and intimidation for personal gain
  • Jail neglect and abuse
  • Prison dog bites and attacks

Although police officers may be empowered to protect themselves and defend others from violence, they must observe the appropriate protocols and do everything they can to avoid unnecessary violence. In cases involving intentionally bad behavior, such as violence, sexual assault or torture, police officials can and should be held accountable for your losses.

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When Do I Have Grounds for a Claim?

Under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1871, section 1983, citizens can pursue civil claims against the police when they have been victimized by excessive force and police brutality. These are known as “Section 1983 lawsuits,” and in these cases, the courts will consider whether the officer was acting “under the color” of state laws and regulations during the alleged abuse.

At Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A., our Fort Lauderdale civil rights attorneys can review your case and help you determine if you have grounds for a police brutality claim. With a 70-year tradition of providing legal service for plaintiffs, we have the experience and skill to help you seek maximum compensation for your pain, suffering, physical injuries, and more.