Police Misconduct Attorneys in Los Angeles

Police Misconduct Violations
As a team of attorneys experienced in both criminal defense and civil litigation in Los Angeles and Orange County, the Long Beach law firm of Curd, Galindo & Smith, L.L.P. stands ready to hold government accountable when they abuse a person’s constitutional and civil rights.

Holding Police Accountable for Misconduct

When the police have exceeded their constitutional authority in conducting a search, making an arrest, interrogating a suspect, or other elements of police procedure, it is often possible to have the case dismissed or to suppress illegally-obtained evidence which may lead to an acquittal. Yet a dismissal or acquittal may not be enough to address the wrong which has been done. Governmental abuses of power must always be checked for the good of society. Police, prosecutors and government must be held accountable for their actions, and wrongs done to individuals must be redressed. To that end, the government has enacted a statute, known as Section 1983, which can be a powerful tool to remedy civil rights violations.

42 U.S.C. Section 1983 – Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights

Under Section 1983, you have a right to file a civil action whenever your rights have been violated by a “state actor” which generally means a government employee or another person acting with apparent government authority. You may be able to obtain money damages for the harm you suffered, including punitive damages if the violation was particularly egregious.

Section 1983 is a federal statute and is pursued in federal court. As a federal statute, Section 1983 can be particularly useful when your rights are violated by a state or local government actor, and you worry that your case may not be fairly heard at the local level.

Section 1983 and other laws may be utilized to combat a wide array of police misconduct and government civil rights violations, such as:

  • Excessive Force
  • Police Brutality
  • Unlawful Shootings
  • Illegal Searches and Seizures
  • K-9 Unit Attacks
  • Abuse of County Jail or Prison Inmates
  • False or Warrantless Arrests
  • Police Harassment
  • Prosecutorial Misconduct
  • Malicious Prosecution

Civil Rights Violations Involving

Police Misconduct, Abuse, Brutality and Excessive Force

Law enforcement personnel are not permitted to use excessive force in arresting or otherwise subduing or detaining individuals — no matter what individuals are accused or suspected of doing! Unfortunately, the law is not crystal clear as to what exactly constitutes excessive force. That’s where your attorney comes into the picture. We were able to secure a recent $2,100,000.00 financial settlement against the City of Salinas Police department. Let’s see what we can do for you and your case.

Civil Rights Violations Involving

Don’t let the government get away with trampling on your rights. Contact an attorney with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and will to stand up to police misconduct and other governmental abuses. In Southern California or statewide, contact Curd, Galindo & Smith, L.L.P.

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