Police brutality, or the excessive use of force during police activities, can cause a loss of trust in authority figures by the community. It can also lead to serious, life-threatening, and fatal personal injuries for victims. Police officers brutalizing suspects, detainees, and the public in general is unacceptable. If you or someone you love has suffered serious personal injuries or emotional damage because of suspected police brutality, contact a San Antonio police brutality lawyer. The Law Offices of Maloney & Campolo can investigate your case and help you go up against the responsible party.
What Makes Our Firm Unique?
- We have years of experience handling complex and difficult personal injury lawsuits throughout Texas. Our San Antonio trial attorneys have more than 20 years of experience.
- We are passionate about helping victims. We understand police brutality and fight avidly against it in the state of Texas. We truly care about each client.
- We operate on a contingency fee basis. Our law firm only charges clients for its services if the lawyer secures a financial award for the client.
Why You Need a Police Brutality Attorney in San Antonio
Police brutality is not an easy thing to prove on your own. Unfortunately, it may feel like the justice system is against you every step of the way. A San Antonio police brutality attorney can fight on your behalf, demanding paperwork and copies of reports from involved parties. Your lawyer can go up against the state or city government in pursuit of justice and financial recovery. You can focus on healing from your brutality-related injuries while your attorney takes care of your claim.
Examples of Police Brutality and Misconduct
Federal and state laws require police officers to protect the public. This may require using physical, violent, and even deadly force to do their jobs in certain circumstances. Police brutality occurs when the circumstances do not justify the degree of force the officer(s) used.
- Unreasonable searching
- Denial of due process rights
- Actions based on race, ethnicity, or another protected class
- Discrimination or harassment
- False arrest
- Malicious prosecution
- Unreasonable force involving serious injury or death
- Failure to intervene
An officer may be guilty of brutality, misconduct, or excessive use of force when the situation did not call for his or her actions.
How to Prove Police Brutality in San Antonio
Texas has laws in place that could make it difficult to prove your police brutality case. Under state law, police agencies do not have to supply records from investigations if the case did not result in a conviction. If a victim dies after police brutality, therefore, his or her family cannot get police records of the investigation since there was no conviction. This open records law can keep police officers from taking responsibility for use of excessive force.
A few recent Supreme Court decisions have made matters worse for victims by setting a precedent that requires a great deal of information, specific facts, and evidence to win a police brutality case. The best way to make your case as strong as possible is by hiring a San Antonio police brutality lawyer. It is very difficult for plaintiffs to win civil rights lawsuits against the police without help from an attorney.
A lawyer can help a victim build a stronger case, use comparable cases, and gather any available evidence. A law firm can conduct a professional investigation into what happened, even if it is not possible to obtain police investigative records. Your lawyer may be able to obtain police officer body camera footage or another type of evidence that could help your case. Hiring a San Antonio police brutality lawyer is the best way to protect you or a loved one’s rights after alleged police brutality in Texas.
Contact the Law Offices of Maloney & Campolo Today
Do not hesitate to contact a San Antonio police brutality attorney if you believe police brutality is to blame for your injuries or a loved one’s comatose state or death. A lawyer will be by your side during the claims process. Call the Law Offices of Maloney & Campolo at (210) 922-2200 or fill out our online form to find out if you have a case.