Los Angeles Police Brutality Injury Attorney
Police officers are meant to protect civilians and serve the public, not abuse their power to harass, beat and brutalize them. There is a difference between a reasonable use of police force and excessive use of force. In recent years, bodycams and smartphones have shed light on just how prevalent police brutality is around the country. If you have been injured or a loved one was killed due to police brutality in Los Angeles, contact Milanfar Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation. Our lawyers can help you protect your rights as a victim of police violence.
Why Trust Us With Your Police Brutality Case in LA?
For more than 20 years, Milanfar Law Firm, P.C. has been a trusted client advocate in Los Angeles and throughout California. Our lead attorney, Shahrad Milanfar, is an experienced mediator and litigator who has successfully resolved over 100 cases in his career. Our ability to see a case from multiple angles – as a law firm that represents both plaintiffs and defendants – allows us to use the most effective approach when presenting a client’s case. We are passionate advocates who can help you work through even the most complicated police brutality case.
What Is the Definition of Police Brutality?
Police brutality, also referred to as police violence or the excessive use of force refers to a police officer (or multiple officers) using an unwarranted or unreasonable amount of force against a civilian. It is against federal law for a law enforcement officer to use an unnecessary amount of force in the performance of his or her job, such as while questioning or arresting a suspect.
An excessive amount of force is the force that exceeds what is reasonably necessary to accomplish the police officer’s purpose. If a lesser level of force reasonably would have achieved the same goal, the police officer may be guilty of police brutality. This includes if a police officer uses deadly force in a circumstance where ordinary force would have been sufficient.
What Are Common Injuries Caused by Police Brutality?
Police brutality can refer to a police officer physically beating or harming a civilian, harassment or discrimination (e.g., racial profiling), or inflicting emotional or psychological harm against a victim. Any form of police brutality, excessive use of force, or police misconduct can result in serious injuries for a victim, including:
- Bone fractures
- Eye socket injuries
- Bruising and contusions
- Cuts, scrapes, and lacerations
- Head injuries
- Brain trauma
- Back and spine injuries
- Taser wounds
- Gunshot wounds
- Psychological trauma
- Wrongful death
Despite being sworn to protect and serve, a police officer may use an abnormal or unnecessary amount of force to subdue a civilian – resulting in injuries that can be life-changing for a victim. If you or a loved one suffered any type of injury due to police brutality, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a civil lawsuit.
Can You Sue the LAPD for Police Brutality?
After an incident of police brutality, cooperate with the police and wait for the opportunity to make a phone call. Then, call a police brutality injury lawyer in Los Angeles immediately for advice. With a lawyer’s help, you can report the police officer who injured you to the police department to request an internal review. The officer may face consequences such as suspension or termination.
These actions will not lead to financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills, however; only a lawsuit against the police department can reimburse you. You may have the right to file a civil lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) or another police precinct in LA if there is evidence of police brutality – evidence that an attorney can help you collect.
Speak to a Police Brutality Injury Attorney in Los Angeles Today
It may feel overwhelming to go up against a police department in Los Angeles on your own as a victim of police brutality. To make sure that your voice is heard and your needs are met, work with an attorney from Milanfar Law Firm, P.C. We will guide you through every phase of a civil lawsuit, from inception to litigation. Discuss how we can help you during a free initial consultation today. Call (925) 433-6003.