Police Misconduct

What is it?

Police misconduct occurs when individual officers or departments violate individual constitutional rights including:

  • The right to free speech
  • The right from unlawful search or seizure
  • The right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

Sometimes these types of claims are referred to by their particular violation, e.g. False arrest, excessive force, or unlawful search.

What is the consequence?

When a state actor unlawfully interferes with your equal protection rights, you may seek:

  • An injunction (a court order designed to stop the civil rights violation)
  • Money for the injuries caused by the state actor
  • Punitive damages (relief designed to punish the state actor for the abuses)
  • Compensatory damages for emotional pain and suffering
  • Attorney fees (state actors pay when you prevail)