Minneapolis Civil Rights Lawyers Represent Victims of Police Brutality
Minnesota attorneys hold law enforcement accountable for violating your rights
The role of the police is to serve and protect. They are supposed to investigate crimes and take actions to prevent harm when possible. In addition to protecting the people of Minneapolis, the police are also charged with protecting the Constitution and the rights it guarantees to each American. Most officers take these responsibilities seriously, serving their community and risking their lives for the good of the public. Other officers don’t always act honorably. In the aftermath of police brutality or other unlawful police actions, there is a tendency for other officers and their superiors to band together to support their colleague. At Gaskins Bennett & Birrell LLP, we stand up to law enforcement officers, police departments and police organizations to protect your rights.
Understanding police brutality
While the use of force is sometimes necessary to subdue a threat, some officers use excessive or unnecessary force when making an arrest. This occurs due to department policies, poor training or an officer’s individual choice. Officers sometimes shoot, tase or beat suspects who pose no threat or little threat. While most police take the rights of the public seriously, others ignore the procedural safeguards put in place by the courts and the Constitution. When police abuse their power, our attorneys represent the victims in civil rights actions and personal injury lawsuits.
Rights violations by Minnesota law enforcement
Violence isn’t the only way police officers abuse their power. Some of the many types of rights violations by law enforcement officers include:
- Planting evidence. Officers have been known to place illegal substances or weapons on or around a suspect’s person in order to proceed with a search or arrest.
- Illegal searches. Courts have created very specific procedures that officers must follow in order to conduct a search. Officers sometimes get away with unlawful searches because the public isn’t fully aware of their rights.
- Reckless mistakes Officers have been known to violently storm the wrong house, injuring or killing people and pets inside. They may also use violence against the wrong person or a person they wrongfully assume to be armed.
Our attorneys represent the public whenever their rights are violated by police or prosecutors.
Contact attorneys who stand up to the police to get you justice
If you are the victim of police brutality or misconduct, seek the advice of a lawyer at Gaskins Bennett & Birrell LLP in Minneapolis. We look forward to helping you pursue civil rights or personal injury claims in order to hold the police accountable for their actions. Contact us at 612-263-7645 or online to schedule a consultation.