A police officer may perform verbal attacks, use physical excessive force and psychological intimidation to a person, and this is called police brutality. Another example is as simple as the use of a police officer’s position of power to induce a person in agreeing to a search or requests. It is observed that police brutality can happened any time as one would interact with a police officer, even at the place of the police department.
Every citizen is advised to know his or her rights to protect oneself if they think that they are victims of police brutality. Be reminded of one important action, which is the right to remain silent, when you are interacting with a police officer. As soon as possible, make sure to put into writing or take photos of what happened during the incident, such as the time, place, the police officers involved and other significant interactions during the incident. If need be, make sure to have your condition treated medically, and to keep all records should your lawyer needs it for your rights.
Note that if provoked, police officers are legally able to use force against you or to a person. But in some situations there are police though who would resort to force even if unprovoked and even if only a moderate force is supposedly warranted of the situation. Sometimes, there are excessive force that would lead to severe injury and even death. Therefore, be informed that it is punishable by law if there is wrongful death caused by police brutality.
Police brutality could come from various reasons, and cited as the most usual cause of this excessive force is the policeman’s psychological state or how he or she viewed the situation and reacted to it.
To site another example when an officer would lead to brutality is when he or she sensed to be disrespected, and even if it is not legal or moral to lash out force, some officers will act out to the person who she or he viewed as being disrespectful. Whether to punish the person who disrespected the officer, or to intimidate those other people present during the situation, some police officers will resort to this conduct.
Another incident when police brutality is conducted could be due to racial profiling. Another situation can be counted as brutality is when an officer, who racially profiles people, may over react to crimes committed by persons of some ethinicities.
Therefore, be aware that no matter the police officer will give as a reason, he or she should be held accountable if he or she uses excessive force. Be warned though that in several situations, it is tricky and difficult to accuse of police brutality. Thus, to help you build your particular case, it is advisable to contact a lawyer specializing in police brutality.