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You deserve answers if you’ve been hurt by police brutality. Start learning about your rights and potential recovery from a police brutality injury by browsing our answers to frequently asked questions.

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  • How can a lawyer help me if my loved one was killed by police brutality?

    Family Member Needs Attorney After Police Brutality Death in Iowa

    Your family is grieving the loss of a loved one that never should have happened. A police officer used excessive and unreasonable force, and that resulted in your loved one’s death. Your whole life has changed—and your loved one’s life has ended. You have many decisions to make as you struggle to move forward. One of those decisions is whether or not to contact a police brutality attorney in the aftermath of your loved one’s wrongful death.

    Here’s How a Police Brutality Lawyer Can Help You

    Our police brutality injury lawyers can:

    • Investigate what happened to your loved one. This includes preserving and analyzing evidence such as video surveillance footage and witness statements.
    • Advise you on your legal options. You may have the right to pursue a police brutality case, to file a complaint with the police department, or to take other action. We can walk you through all of the pros and cons of each option.
    • Fight for your family’s rights. You don’t need the stress of pursuing a police brutality claim on your own while you are mourning. Our attorneys can manage the day to day aspects of your case on behalf of your family.

    Before we can do any of this, however, you need to make the first call.

    Schedule a Free Consultation With a Police Brutality Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

    You aren’t expected to know what to do when a police officer is responsible for your loved one’s death. We are here to walk you through all of your options as your family goes through this horrible time. Let us answer your questions in a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation. We would be happy to meet with you at your convenience in any of our Iowa offices, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, or Quad Cities, or in a location that works for you. Call, text, or reach out to us via this website at any time to schedule your meeting.

  • I was hurt by a police officer’s Taser. Should I pursue a police brutality case?

    Iowa Police Officer Using a Taser

    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.

  • 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.