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Different Forms of Police  Brutality | Romanucci & Blandin

In Illinois police brutality cases, the main question is if the arresting officer used unnecessary or unreasonable force against the person they were arresting. In most cases, the answer is determined by using a reasonable officer’s perspective of how they would have faced the same circumstances that the arresting officer was facing when they arrested the person. The analysis of the reasonable officer is founded on the arresting officer’s understanding of the situation at the time of the arrest. Any facts that came after the arrest would be irrelevant. The intention of the arresting officer also should not be considered.

There are several different kinds of excessive force that can fall under police brutality, including:

  • Baton beatings-Once a person has been subdued with a baton, police officers are supposed to cease using them. Many police departments do not allow the batons to be used against a suspect’s head since it can lead to spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, disfigurement or even wrongful death.
  • Car accidents– If a squad car is used to stop a suspect, critical injuries can result or even death. If a squad car is used recklessly, innocent pedestrians or motorists can be put in harm’s way as well.
  • Gun usage– Firearms should only be used by police officers as a last resort. When there are police shootings, innocent bystanders or misidentified people can be injured or killed. Unfortunately, there are many of these types of cases in Chicago.
  • High Speed Chases– Chicago is under General Orders that require their officers to Cease and Desist from high speed chases in a variety of situations. When these General Orders are not followed, there can be serious injuries or wrongful death.
  • Improper take-towns– There are very few situations in which a violent takedown should be utilized, and it is generally in cases where a person is resisting an arrest with great force. If you were not resisting arrest, and were subjected to an improper takedown, we can help you with your case.
  • Injuries to subdued arrestees– If a person was taken into custody and was handcuffed, they should not be injured by a police officer. If a person was handcuffed and was kicked, punched or hit by a police officer without posing a threat to the officer, the officer can be held liable.
  • Tasers– Tasers can be a convenient way to subdue a suspect, but some people suffer severe injuries from unnecessary or excessive Taser use, including heart attacks.

RB Law has proficient police brutality lawyers who have the necessary skills and experience to successfully prosecute your case against the police. Our Chicago police brutality attorneys will work with experts who will investigate your case thoroughly and will get you the compensation you are entitled.

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