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I was hurt by a police officer’s Taser. Should I pursue a police brutality case?
The answer depends on the circumstances of the incident that led to your injury. Tasers shoot electricity and may temporarily stop a person from doing something. Tasers are less likely than guns to result in fatalities and serious injuries and a police officer’s use of a Taser may be reasonable and justified in some circumstances.
Tasers May Also Be Excessive Force
All of the circumstances of a particular incident must be thoroughly reviewed in order to determine whether an officer’s use of a Taser was an act of police brutality. Some circumstances that could be relevant include whether:
- The officer was in danger of suffering a physical injury or reasonably believed that he was in physical danger.
- A member of the public was in danger or the officer reasonably believed a member of the public to be in danger.
- The officer tried other less invasive means of controlling the situation or taking you into custody.
- The officer was appropriately trained on the use of Tasers and complied with department policies and procedures.
If, based on the unique circumstances of your incident, the police officer acted with excessive force and you suffered a physical injury then you could have a potential police brutality claim.
Take Action If You Suffered a Police Brutality Taser Injury
The government often vigorously defends the police force against allegations of police brutality. However, if a police officer has hurt you by using excessive force then you deserve to make a fair recovery for all of your damages including, but not limited to, past and future medical bills, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
If our experienced police brutality lawyers believe that the officer’s use of a Taser was police brutality, then we will do everything that we can to help you recover. Please contact us today for a free consultation in any of our Iowa offices, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, or Quad Cities, or let us know if you would like us to come to you.
How can I file a complaint against an Illinois State Police Officer?
It takes a lot of trust in the police department and a lot of personal strength to report police brutality. You are asking other law enforcement officials to investigate what happened and to report back on the potential wrongdoing by one of their own.
Reporting police brutality is, however, an important step to take. There needs to be an investigation into what happened so that the reputation and work of the majority of police officers—who are good people and who do not use excessive force—is protected.
Making a Police Brutality Report to the Illinois State Police
If an Illinois State Police Officer has used excessive force and hurt you, then you have the right to report it to the Illinois State Police, Department of Internal Investigations. You can do this by completing the Illinois State Police Complaint Against Department Member form completely and accurately. It is important to note that Illinois state law requires that you sign your complaint form and that it is notarized as a sworn affidavit before you submit it. Once this has been done, you may submit your complaint to:
Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation
801 South Seventh Street, Suite 100-N
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Additionally, you may be able to report your allegations of police brutality to the federal government by filing a complaint with the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.
Contact an Illinois Police Brutality Lawyer Before Making a Complaint
An internal complaint may be one way to pursue justice after you’ve been hurt by a police officer’s use of excessive force. However, you may also be able to file a civil lawsuit and be able to pursue damages for the serious injuries that you’ve suffered. If you’ve been hurt by a member of the Illinois State Police or by any other law enforcement officer in the State of Illinois, then we encourage you to contact our experienced police brutality lawyers as soon as possible for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.
How do I report a police brutality injury in Wisconsin?
According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, you should first report any allegation of police misconduct to the head of the police department or the sheriff’s department that employs the officer who hurt you. Some departments have internal affairs departments that will investigate and handle allegations of excessive force or police brutality. In other cases, you may need to notify the mayor or the town manager of the municipality that employs the officer.
The Milwaukee Police Department Citizen Complaint Process
As an example, let’s consider how you would report a police brutality allegation in the City of Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Police Department states that “As a citizen, if you believe you have been mistreated or have not received adequate service, you have a moral and legal right to express dissatisfaction with your police department.” This includes allegations of police brutality. If you file a complaint, it is a good idea to do it in writing and to include:
- Your personal information including your name, birthdate, address, and phone number.
- The date, time, and place of the incident.
- A description of what occurred.
- The names of all parties involved and any witnesses.
- Any records, photographs, or other evidence that you may have.
You may write your own report or you can download the Citizen Complaint Form and return it to any Milwaukee Police Department district station or mail it to:
Milwaukee Police Department
Internal Affairs Division
6680 North Teutonia Avenue Room 325
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209
You can file your complaint by:
- Going to a police station.
- Scheduling a meeting with a department supervisor.
- Reporting it to the Internal Affairs Division.
- Reporting it to the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission.
Don’t Forget to Protect Your Rights by Contacting a Police Brutality Lawyer
An attorney can help you not only with filing a complaint with the right local, state, or federal agencies but an attorney can also represent you in court and fight for your fair recovery of damages. To learn more about your rights and about how to protect them, please contact our experienced police brutality lawyers at any time to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
What is a fair motorcycle accident settlement?
It would be impossible and irresponsible to give you a specific dollar amount online. Every motorcycle crash and every injury that results from a motorcycle crash is unique. However, we can tell you what a fair settlement should include, what factors influence the amount of a proposed settlement, and how to find out more about the specific amount your case may be worth.
You Deserve Compensation for All of Your Motorcycle Crash Injuries
This includes damages for your past, current, and future:
- Medical expenses. All of your health care costs that are related to your bike crash injuries including ambulance rides, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, doctors’ visits, physical therapy, and other rehabilitation therapies should be included in your recovery.
- Lost income. Any income that you are unable to earn because of your injuries may be compensated. This includes income from wages and self-employment, and it includes a full loss of income if you can’t work at all or a partial loss of income if you can’t work as much as you did prior to the accident.
- Physical pain and emotional suffering. These may be your most significant damages and the hardest to value. However, you deserve compensation for all of your pain and suffering, and an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help you value these damages and recover for them.
- Out-of-pocket costs. Any other costs that are related to your accident may be recovered.
The value of these damages depends on the quality of the evidence that you have that proves who was at fault for the crash and the value of the evidence that proves the value of your damages. Additionally, whether you are willing to accept the risk and uncertainty of going to trial should factor into your decision about whether or not to accept a proposed settlement.
Find Out What Your Motorcycle Crash Case Is Worth
We understand that you want to know what your case may be worth. We are also riders. If another person’s negligence caused your motorcycle crash injuries, then we encourage you to contact our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers today for a free and confidential consultation. We will review the evidence in your claim and other factors that could influence your settlement, such as which insurance companies are involved, and help you understand what you may recover so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to pursue a legal settlement after your Iowa motorcycle crash.
What should I do if an insurance adjuster asks me to give a recorded statement after a motorcycle accident?
You should tell the insurance adjuster that you are represented by an attorney and that all communication about your case should be directed to your attorney. Of course, you can only say this if you are in fact represented by a lawyer. Therefore, it is important to understand what the insurance adjuster is trying to accomplish by getting your recorded statement and how a lawyer can help you in this situation.
The Insurance Adjuster Is Trying to Pay You as Little as Possible
It is the insurance adjuster’s job to maximize the profits for the insurance company which employs him. Insurance companies make money by taking in more premiums than they pay out in claims. For this reason, insurance adjusters want to do whatever they can to minimize the amount that they pay out to people who have been hurt in accidents. One of the ways that they may do this is to get you to give a recorded statement in which they ask you seemingly easy questions that are designed to confuse you or to trick you into saying something that contradicts your injury claim.
A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Make Sure Your Rights Are Protected
You are under no obligation to provide a recorded statement without seeking the advice of your motorcycle accident lawyer. Instructing the insurance adjuster to contact your lawyer will not make you less likely to make a fair recovery and may instead ensure that your rights and your potential motorcycle accident recovery are protected.
Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers are also riders. We understand what you are going through and we understand what the insurance company is trying to do. If you contact us and we take your case, then we can make sure that you are treated fairly, that your claim is not harmed by insurance company tricks, and that you have every opportunity to recover for your medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain, and suffering. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about your rights.
How can I find the right motorcycle accident injury lawyer to represent me after an Illinois bike wreck?
Getting the names and contact information for Illinois attorneys is easy. An internet search or a call to your local bar association can provide you with a list of lawyers who are admitted to the bar in Illinois and who are legally allowed to represent you. You can narrow down this list by finding lawyers who have previously represented motorcycle accident victims. However, you will still be left with a potentially long list of names.
Gather All of the Information You Can About a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
You want information about the attorney’s legal experience, customer service, and personality. You can begin to gather this information on individual attorney websites by:
- Reading the firm’s mission statement.
- Reviewing client testimonials.
- Reviewing case results.
- Watching videos that the attorney has made.
- Reading books or other promotional materials the firm has created.
This may help you narrow down your list, but it won’t give all of the information that you need.
Make the Most of a Free Consultation With a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Most motorcycle accident lawyers will provide you with a free consultation. You can use that time to ask the attorney important questions to get to know the lawyer better. Some questions to consider include:
- How much do you know about riding?
- How will my case be staffed?
- How will you be paid?
- How will you communicate with me while my case is ongoing?
- What will happen if the insurance company is unwilling to settle for a fair amount?
- Do you have trial experience?
Of course, you should also add your own individual questions to the list.
It is important to hire a lawyer with whom you feel comfortable with and that you believe will fight hard for your fair and just recovery. As experienced riders and injury lawyers, we are passionate about helping other riders who have been hurt recover for their past and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain, and suffering. Please call us, text, or reach out to us via this website to schedule your free consultation with us today.
How do I decide which motorcycle accident lawyer to hire after an Iowa bike crash?
It may seem like the choices are overwhelming. A simple internet search, for example, can provide you with the names of many different local lawyers who represent motorcycle accident victims. Technically, any lawyer who is licensed to practice law in Iowa can represent you in an Iowa motorcycle injury case. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t important differences between the lawyers.
How to Find the Right Motorcycle Injury Lawyer for You
There isn’t one lawyer who is right for everyone. As you think about your choices, consider:
- How much an attorney knows about riding. An attorney who is also an avid motorcyclist can provide valuable insight into your case. Many of our lawyers are passionate riders who understand the enjoyment and the risks of riding.
- An attorney’s experience representing people who have been hurt in motorcycle crashes. Motorcycle accidents are different from car crashes and other types of personal injury cases. Therefore, you want to work with a lawyer who has represented motorcycle accident victims before. We regularly represent motorcyclists and are experienced in this area of the law.
- What other people think about the lawyer. You can look at client testimonials and on independent sets such as Avvo.com for reviews on a specific attorney. We are proud of the relationships we have with former clients and with colleagues. We invite you to browse our testimonials or look us up on Avvo.com or other sites to learn what they think about us.
- Whether the lawyer is willing to go to trial to protect your rights. If the lawyer is only willing to negotiate a settlement, then you can’t be sure that your fair recovery will be protected. We aren’t afraid to go to trial and insurance companies know that.
- The firm’s policy and procedures for communicating with clients. A common complaint among clients is that they do not hear back from their lawyers in a timely manner. However, at Hupy and Abraham, our lawyers make client communication a priority.
You have a lot at stake and the right lawyer can help you protect your fair recovery. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with us in any of our Iowa offices, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, or Quad Cities, or at a location of your choice, please contact us at any time. We would be happy to answer your questions and to get to know you so that you can decide for yourself whether one of our lawyers may be the right motorcycle accident injury lawyer for you.
What should I do if a loved one's been killed by a police officer's deadly force?
You lost your loved one due to unnecessary force. We understand that it is a devastating, painful, and overwhelming loss. As you grieve and adjust to life without your loved one, it can be very difficult to know what to do next.
Protect Important Evidence
As the plaintiff in a police brutality wrongful death claim, it is up to you to prove what happened. This will require evidence. Depending on the specific circumstances and location of the incident that took the life of your loved one, this evidence may include:
- Police cameras. Cameras on patrol vehicles, body cameras, and surveillance cameras in police stations may have captured what happened to your loved one.
- Other cameras. If your loved one was hurt on the street, for example, then area businesses or homes may have captured the incident on their private security cameras and you may be able to get these recordings.
- Police dispatch records. This should tell you which officers were at the scene of the incident. One or more of these officers may have used excessive force, and one or more of these officers may be witnesses to what happened.
- Witnesses. It is important to find out if anyone else saw what happened. Their testimony may be very useful.
Other forms of evidence may also be useful in your case and should be discussed with your lawyer.
Talk to a Police Brutality Lawyer as Soon as Possible
It is not up to you to know what evidence to seek, how to report an incident of police brutality, or what steps to take after your loved one has been the victim of police brutality. Instead, you can leave these things up to your police brutality attorney who will advise you of rights and protect your potential recovery. To learn more, please contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678 as soon as possible. We would be pleased to provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation so that you can learn more about your rights.
I’ve been charged with a crime. During my arrest the police acted with excessive force and I was hurt. Will pursuing a civil police brutality case impact my criminal case?
You may have been hurt by police brutality while you were being arrested for a crime. However, even during an arrest you have legal rights. Police officers do not have the right to use excessive force against you. If you are hurt by police brutality then you have the right to consult with a police brutality lawyer and to pursue justice—even if there is a criminal case pending against you.
While some facts may overlap, the criminal case against you and a civil police brutality case are independent of one another.
The Criminal Case and the Police Brutality Case Will Be Handled Separately
The two cases have different standards of proof, will be heard in different courts, and will have different outcomes. Furthermore, different government lawyers will represent the government’s interests in the criminal case against you and your police brutality case. While government prosecutors will try to make the case that you broke the law, government defense attorneys will represent the municipality, the state of Wisconsin, or the United States in any civil police brutality case that you bring.
Contact a Police Brutality Lawyer Today to Make Sure That Your Rights are Protected
You are likely trusting a criminal defense lawyer to help you with the criminal case pending against you. You also deserve legal representation in any police brutality case that you bring. You did not deserve to be hurt by excessive force, and our experienced police brutality lawyers will work hard to make sure that your rights are protected now.
Please contact us online or call our office directly at 800.800.5678 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We would be happy to welcome you in any of our Wisconsin offices, Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Madison or Wausau, or to come to you if you can’t come to us. Please call us, text us, or fill out our online contact form to learn more.
Does your law firm hate the police?
No. Instead, quite the opposite is true. Our law firm respects and supports police officers. We understand how difficult their jobs are and how important they are to our communities. The majority of officers work hard every day to uphold the law and to keep us safe. They often do this work while putting their own safety at risk.
Good Police Officers Should Not Be Harmed by Cops Who Abuse Their Power
We believe that the police officers who use excessive force, who sexually assault people, or who otherwise engage in police brutality should be held accountable. This accountability is important not only to the victims who were hurt by police brutality, but also to the hardworking and law-abiding police officers who do their jobs day in and day out without resorting to excessive force.
When the cops who act with excessive force are held accountable, it may:
- Deter other police officers from using excessive force in the future. They may see the consequences of police brutality and think carefully before acting in stressful situations.
- Increase public confidence in the police. When the public see officers who acted with excessive force being held accountable, they may be more trusting of officers who do not use excessive force. Everyone may be safer as a result.
- Protect the reputation and honor of the police force. Police officers should be proud of the important work that they do. When individuals who commit acts of police brutality are held accountable, the honor and reputation of the rest of the police department is protected.
For these reasons, we believe that holding individual officers accountable for police brutality shows our support for law enforcement officials rather than our distrust or disrespect for them.
Police Brutality Victims Deserve Justice
Police brutality cases not only protect the “good cops,” but they also protect the rights of the individual who was hurt. Our police brutality lawyers are committed to helping people who have been seriously hurt by the excessive force of a police officer. If you would like to learn more about your own rights, we invite you to contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678.