Chicago Attorney: Excessive Use of Force by Police
When Law Enforcement Goes Too Far
Although most police officers work hard to protect citizens, there are still those who cross the line while supposedly keeping the peace. It is important to report these officers, and to hold them accountable for their actions, so that we are all treated properly.
At Michael C. Rosenblat, we represent people in Illinois who were victimized by excessive use of force during arrest. Our founding attorney, Chicago-area excessive force lawyer Michael C. Rosenblat, has more than 25 years of legal experience. Under his leadership, our firm has the ability to pursue even the most difficult civil rights cases against powerful police departments and government entities. We are dedicated to helping victims obtain compensation and regain their dignity after being abused or degraded by police.
Examples of Excessive Force
Police officers are allowed to use reasonable force to apprehend and arrest a suspect. Too often, however, officers overstep their boundaries and engage in brutality. We will investigate the circumstances of your arrest to determine whether excessive force was used. Some possibilities include:
- Tasers: Across the country, police have recently become very quick to use tasers to "get someone under control." These powerful electric shocks can cause heart attacks and other damage. Many times, the use of tasers qualifies as excessive force.
- Choke holds and take-downs: These tactics can be legitimate when a suspect is violent and resisting arrest, but should not be used when the arrestee is cooperating.
- Batons: Once a person is subdued, officers must stop using their batons. Many police department guidelines prohibit baton blows to the head in any circumstances.
- Firearms: Police should exhaust all other means before resorting to shooting their weapons. We represent victims of police shootings.
- Handcuffs: We handle cases in which a handcuffed person was punched, kicked or thrown down while already handcuffed.
Police who use excessive force abuse not only the victim, but the entire legal system. At Michael C. Rosenblat, we are dedicated to upholding the constitution, helping injured people and using civil rights litigation to help make our system better for everyone.
Contact an Rolling Meadows Police Brutality Lawyer Today
If you have been injured by a police officer, it is important to contact an attorney right away. Although these can be challenging cases to prove, with the right evidence, gathered as soon as possible, it is possible to prevail. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 312-957-5816 or toll free 888-833-1428. You can also contact our law firm online.