The authorities of the United States must do their duty, always. This duty is to maintain the safety of all citizens of the country, preventing accidents or other possible altercations that may endanger people’s lives. They are in charge of ensuring that the laws are complied with and that our rights are not violated. However, what happens when those who should take care of us are the ones who hurt us? Violence by police authorities against individuals can quickly escalate from routine police detention to unwarranted physical violence, so it is important to remember what cases are considered excessive use of force and what characteristics are standard procedures.
Arrest for being suspected of a crime: Of course, this is legal. However, if said arrest uses weapons or if it is carried out violently, including beatings or physical injuries, this will be classified as excessive use of force and can be reported by the victim of the incident.
Traffic stop: This type of stop is very common on routes and highways, as the authorities seek to verify that drivers have the correct documentation to drive. The use of violence in this type of stop is necessary and illegal, so you can file a lawsuit if you have been violently removed from your car.
Racial profiling: Many people from the Latino community or other minorities have suffered from racial profiling; that is, they suffer from discriminatory treatment by police authorities due to their traits or their nationality. This is illegal and can be reported.
Sexual harassment by an authority: Sexual harassment and abuse by a police officer is, without a doubt, illegal and must be reported.
Some authorities are misusing the power they have to enforce the law, and that is why these incidents should be reported. Therefore, it is crucial to remember that we should not be afraid to enforce our rights and to use a civil rights attorney if necessary. Taking legal action for excessive use of force may be the solution. Contact us if you have been a victim of police violence.