Some of the most terrifying forms of civil rights violations that a person can face can come from the police officers that are sworn to serve and protect. If your civil rights have been violated in Minnesota, you need the best possible civil rights lawyers fighting for your rights. The attorneys at Gaskins Bennett Birrell, LLP are highly experienced in cases involving violation of civil rights. Our history of success is unparalleled and our case results show that time and time again, we get excellent results for victims and their families. Choosing our firm to represent you ensures that you have a legal force on your side that has recovered millions of dollars for victims of civil rights violations.
Below are some examples of civil rights violations that you or a loved one may have faced:
Police officers are not allowed to arrest anyone for just any reason. They must have a warrant or at the very minimum, probable cause for arrest. The probable cause must include the belief that the individual in question has committed a crime. False arrest occurs when procedures such as probable cause are not followed properly.
Any time an individual is unlawfully confined by police, it is considered false imprisonment. This can occur in the back of a police car, in a jail cell, even in an individuals’ own home. If you have been unlawfully and falsely imprisoned, you have the right to counsel, to have your rights protected.
When an officer wrongly deprives an individual of their 14th Amendment right to liberty, it is considered malicious prosecution. In this type of situation, the officer has no probable cause to go after the victim, but continues criminal proceedings anyway.
Excessive/ Unreasonable Force
Officers are legally allowed to use a reasonable amount of force in certain situations involving criminals, or suspected criminals. There is a fine line, however, between reasonable force and excessive force. In all situations, the absolute minimum amount of force should be used to subdue a suspect.
Failure to Intervene
One of the duties of police officers is to protect citizens from constitutional violations. Should an officer witness another officer violating a citizen’s civil rights and do nothing to stop it, that officer is likely liable to the victim for failing to intervene.
You Have Rights
Section 1983 was specifically created to help victims of civil rights violations by police officers, and other persons in authority. The lawyers at Gaskins Bennett Birrell, LLP have extensive experience successfully representing clients in a variety of claims including arrests, unlawful seizures, use of excessive or deadly force. Our own Robert Bennett has been repeatedly recognized as a “Super Lawyer” for civil rights by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. If you want the best representation for your civil rights violation, contact our attorneys today.
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