What Constitutes Police brutality?

There are laws in the United States that prohibit police officers from using excessive use force. When enforcement officers purposely abuse their powers, individuals may exercise their right to file a lawsuit against the police officers, police department, and local government for the damages.

The Fourth Amendment is intended to protect individuals against unreasonable search and seizure. The Fifth Amendment is intended to protect individuals against deprivation of life, liberty, or property without due process, and the Eighth Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.


False Arrest

If an enforcement officer has arrested you, detained or held you against your will, this could be considered a false arrest and you may pursue a criminal or civil case.


Unlawful Searches and Seizures

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is intended to protect the privacy of each individual and every citizen’s right to prevent government intrusion into their personal information, homes, business and property.


Coercive Sexual Conduct

Coercive sexual conduct is unwanted sexual activity. An example is being pressured, tricked or threatened to perform a sexual act.


Wrongful Convictions

A wrongful conviction is when an individual have been convicted of a crime that they did not commit. This happens due to several reasons such as eye witness misidentification, bad forensic science conducted, false confessions, as well as government misconduct.


Excessive force

Another area of Police Brutality is when law enforcement uses excessive force which could potentially be a civil rights violation.


Unlawful Stops

Police stops may be made when an individual is suspected of DUI or other potential crime activities. However, an unlawful stop occurs when the reasonable suspicion is absent and an arrest is performed. 

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