Deadly Force Attorneys

Police officers are justified in using deadly force in only very specific situations when a suspect is believed to be an immediate danger to the officer and those around him.  If you have lost a loved one due to deadly force by a police officer that you believe was unjustified, contact the law firm of Gaskins Bennett Birrell, LLP today for a free consultation regarding your situation.  We have helped many families of victims of deadly force, and we can help you too.

Deadly force can involve a variety of weapons, not just guns.  Some of the most common forms of deadly force include:

  • Firearms
  • Knives, other bladed weapons
  • Vehicles
  • Explosives
  • Deadly force involving non-weapons, such as a baseball bat or tire iron

Recent statistics show that over a three year period, more than 2,000 criminal suspects died in police custody.  Half of these are reported to have been attempting to flee.  Government representatives say that 2,000 deaths out of the 40 million arrests for that time period is really not that many.  That may be true statistically, but to you there is only one that matters, your loved one.  Even one unjustified death from the police is too many.  Let our attorneys help determine what exactly happened that resulted in the death of your loved one.


Losing a loved one to deadly force by a police officer leads to many unanswered questions by the victim’s family.  Certainly the number one question in the minds of the surviving family members is, “Was the death absolutely necessary?”  Other questions that our attorneys can help find the answers to in order to determine whether or not the deadly force was absolutely necessary include whether or not the responding officers:

  • Identified themselves as police
  • Had sufficient reason to believe the victim was armed
  • Exhausted all non-lethal options before the use of deadly force
  • Were properly trained in the use of deadly force

Even though the victim may have a criminal background, a history of drug abuse or some other issue that resulted in the presence of police at that time, it does not mean the victim deserved to die.  It is your responsibility as surviving family members to ensure that everything possible was done to prevent the use of deadly force before the death occurred.  Our attorneys know how to uncover every part of the investigation to find out exactly what happened.

Rights of the Family

If your loved one was killed by unnecessary deadly force from a police officer, you have the right to find out exactly what happened to cause his or her death.  Our law firm has the experience and the resources necessary to discover exactly what happened in your case, and help you recover financially from your loss.  Contact Gaskins Bennett Birrell, LLP today to find out how we can help you.

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Our Attorneys are resourceful, tough, and committed to our clients’ interests, and we have the ability to keep the orders, verdicts and judgments we obtain on appeal.

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