Death by Police Misconduct

The expectation the public has of the police is that they provide services to their community and protect the public. Some police officers ethically perform their duty with the highest regard for the public and the position they have. However, certain authorities abuse their power and violate the trust the public has given them. 

Police misconduct also referred to as “police brutality,” occurs when a police officer uses unreasonable or excessive force causing catastrophic injuries or wrongful death to a member of the public. There have been various cases of police brutality in the United States. In recent years, multiple communities have voiced their concerns. A police officer who takes advantage of their authority to abuse or harm a member of the public should be held responsible for depriving the victim of their rights and, in some cases, their lives. 

The victims, their families, and the public members of society are all negatively impacted by police brutality. When an officer uses unjustifiable tactics while apprehending an individual, or exploits their authority, it leaves a gash in the web of trust necessary for public safety. If you, a family member, or someone you know was a victim of police brutality, consulting with an experienced and qualified attorney may be able to help you while explaining the legal options available to you. 

Lawyer for Police Misconduct in Bellingham, WA

Police officers are tasked with a challenging and important job – to ensure the safety and order of the community and the people who live in it. Law enforcement officers are given a level of freedom that is not available to the general public (i.e., seizing personal property, using deadly force, etc.). When a police officer commits despicable crimes and takes advantage of their position, victims and families are deprived of their rights, and in some cases, of a loved one. Police misconduct has a negative impact on the lives of everyone involved, including the community.

When a police officer abuses his/her powers and acts outside the scope of their duties, individuals can be at risk of civil rights violations and physical injuries. Victims of police brutality have the right to file lawsuits against the police department or other liable agencies. If you have been injured or denied your civil rights, it is crucial that you consult with an experienced lawyer. There are instances when victims of police brutality die at the scene of the accident, and family members have to deal with the loss of a loved one. If you are the victim of the wrongful death of a loved one due to police brutality, consult with a legal professional.

At PNW Trial Lawyers, we understand that a serious injury or death in the family is one of the most challenging times in anyone’s life. When you hire our lawyers, you can trust us to handle your case while you devote your energy to the recovery process. At PNW Trial Lawyers, our partners and lawyers are available for our clients, because our talk does not end with the initial consultation and is not limited to a few calls throughout the case.  We view our client as our greatest resource in any case, and we will reach out to you to truly learn your story over many meetings and calls. Contact us at (360) 483-5201 to schedule a free consultation and strategy session. We will also always pick up or promptly return your call.  Our PNW Trial Lawyers serves clients in Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Everett, Anacortes, and many other cities in the surrounding area.


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Additional Resources

Washington State Human Rights Commission | WSHRC – Civil rights laws are meant to protect individuals from unequal treatment, including discrimination in various settings. If you are dealing with a civil rights violation, it is essential to know what your civil rights are and what laws are applicable. The State Human Rights Commission is responsible for protecting the civil rights of the state’s residents. The WSHRC strives to “eliminate and prevent discrimination in Washington State through fair application of the law, efficient use of resources, and establishment of productive partnerships in the community.” Follow the link to the sink to learn more information about your rights and the resources available to you.

American Civil Liberties Union | ACLU – The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington works to ensure justice, freedom, and equality. Visit the site to learn information about resources such as “Know your rights,” depending on a specific situation. For example, you can learn about what to do if you are stopped by the police. The information on their “Know Your Rights” page includes publication in Spanish, Arabic, and others.

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Attorney for Victims of Police Misconduct in Whatcom County, Washington

If your civil rights have been abused and you are a victim of police misconduct, you do not have to be afraid. At PNW Trial Lawyers, we will listen to what you have to say. We are not a volume practice.  We choose our cases carefully, spend the time and costs necessary to litigate and investigate each case thoroughly and give you the attention you deserve. Our police misconduct attorneys will fight on your behalf to protect your civil rights.

Civil rights laws are complicated, and so is the process of filing a claim. However, if you feel that your civil rights have been violated, retain the help of an attorney that can help you file your claim. At PNW Trial Lawyers, initial confidential consultations are free. Our attorneys can help you identify your legal options based on the facts of your case. At PNW Trial Lawyers, we serve clients in Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Everett, Anacortes, and the surrounding areas of Whatcom County, Snohomish County, and Skagit County. Call (360) 483-5201 to schedule a consultation.