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Can I recover damages if my loved one is killed by the police?

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The police who you thought were protecting your community and your family are responsible for your loved one’s death. This can leave you with many questions as you mourn the loss of your loved one. One of those questions is the one you ask here or, more specifically, whether the police department can be held accountable for your loved one’s death and whether the government should be required to pay for things such as the medical expenses your loved one received prior to death, funeral costs, lost income, pain, suffering, and other losses.

To Recover Damages You Will Need to Prove Police Brutality

You may have a legal case and you may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the police used excessive force or force beyond what was necessary in the situation that led to your loved one’s death.

Police brutality can be difficult to prove since, in most cases, the police are likely to deny that they used excessive force. For this reason, in order to recover damages in a police brutality case you are going to need evidence. While every case is unique, some types of evidence that may be useful in proving your police brutality claim include:

  • Police dispatch records
  • Video cameras in police vehicles, police stations, or prisons
  • Body cameras on police officers
  • Video surveillance from surrounding businesses or homes
  • Witness statements

Together, this information can help you, your attorney, the police, and the court understand exactly what happened to your loved one. However, you will need to act quickly to preserve the evidence that will get to the truth of what happened to your loved one

Contact an Experienced Police Brutality Lawyer If Your Loved One’s Been Killed

Our Wisconsin police brutality lawyers have settled the largest police brutality case in state history. We would be pleased to provide you with a free and confidential consultation so that you can learn more about your rights and about how we may be able to help you get the recovery that you deserve after a police brutality wrongful death. Contact us anytime via text, phone, or email to find out more.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham

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