Police Brutality and Excessive Force

Minneapolis Civil Rights LawyersMadia Law Represents Victims of Police Brutality and Excessive Force in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Almost all police officers are brave and outstanding public servants who do their jobs with courage and conviction every single day – we owe all of them an enormous debt of gratitude. Sometimes, however, an officer may abuse his or her authority and hurt someone by using a taser, mace, or simply beating them. That’s not right. No matter how difficult the job, no person has the right to use excessive force on someone else. Our free society depends on courageous people stepping up to protect their rights when they have been violated.

If you were wrongfully arrested, or beaten, or tased, or maced, you should know that you are protected by federal law and the U.S. Constitution. The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, which includes excessive force. A federal law called 42 U.S.C. 1983 prohibits the violation of constitutional rights by people acting under color of law, such as police officers.

Representative Case

Deshun is an African American male who was barbequing in his front yard with his family on a sunny Sunday afternoon in summer 2010. He was playing Isley Brothers music from his car stereo and police officers arrived in a squad car because of the noise. Jason quickly turned the music off and apologized to the officers. He provided his identification and told them that the house and car belonged to him. While speaking to the officers, Deshun noticed that his meat was burning on the grill. He told the officers, “Excuse me officers, my meat is burning,” and walked over to his grill to flip the meat.

One of the officers then yelled, “Where the [expletive] do you think you’re going? I’m not through with you yet.” Deshun responded that he was just checking his meat. The officers then assaulted Deshun – they shoved him against his front fence and sprayed mace in his face. Next, the officers deployed their taser on Deshun, sending him face first into the ground, writhing in pain. The officers arrested Deshun, and slammed their squad car door on his legs several times for good measure. All of this occurred in front of Deshun’s father, mother, and girlfriend, who screamed for mercy. They charged Deshun with disorderly conduct and obstruction of legal process.

A jury acquitted Deshun of all charges. He then found the courage to hold the officers to account for their behavior. Madia Law represented Deshun through two years of litigation and won a jury trial in federal court, where the jury awarded Deshun $35,000 in punitive damages from the officers.

You May Be Entitled to Damages for Pain and Suffering, Emotional Distress, and Attorney Fees

If you have been the victim of police brutality, you may be entitled to damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, punitive damages, and your attorney fees and costs.

Contact Our Minnesota and Wisconsin Excessive Force and Police Brutality Lawyers Today

You must act quickly when it comes to filing a claim for police misconduct. If you wait, strict statutes of limitation will bar you from filing your claim. Call Madia Law today to discuss your case. All consultations are free.