Law Enforcement Officials have a very tough job. They are often called upon to make a split-second decision to save a life, sometimes their own. Police Officers put their lives on the line daily in Ohio. However, there are occasions when law enforcement goes overboard and exceeds their legally permissible use of reasonable force to subdue a person and use excessive force to intentionally cause severe pain, permanent personal injury or even wrongful death.
No one should ever be above the law, including police officers. Sadly, abuses of power and police brutality do occur. An officer of the law should only draw his or her weapon as an absolute last resort to stop a person. Often when there is a claim of police brutality being appropriate, the complaining party will find that they are being charged with various criminal charges like aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct or resisting arrest. This is an attempt to deflect attention away from the unlawful action of law enforcement by trying to prove that the defendant was committing an aggressive and violent crime and the office had to use excessive force. This is illegal and a skilled criminal defense attorney needs to help and counter with a vigorous defense.
If you feel that you have been the victim of police brutality, the first thing to do is call the best criminal defense attorney and then document everything. Photograph any bruises or wounds, obtain records of any medical treatment, and get the names and contact information for any witnesses. Evidence of brutality is often hard to find shortly after the incident—gathering evidence quickly ensures a stronger case.
The Bottom Line: Officers of the law take an oath to protect the community in which they serve and conduct themselves according to a specific code of behavior. Anytime an officer overreaches their authority or breaks their oath – whether it’s physically, emotionally, financially, or legally – they may have engaged in misconduct. An aggressive criminal defense attorney is needed. Call me. 513.260.2099