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Civil Rights, Discrimination, & Constitutional Law
Protecting Your Rights in Des Moines, IA
Police brutality and police misconduct have become a common occurrence in the modern world. These types of cases start because the police use excessive force on a person and then try to justify it with the use of false criminal charges, claims of resisting arrest, or failure to disburse, or claims of assault and/or battery charges by an individual on an officer. The police count on defendants being found guilty of one of the inflated or false criminal charges. While a conviction is not an absolute bar to bringing an action it does make it more difficult to successfully sue the police for violations of constitutional rights. Our attorneys prefer to be involved in a criminal case from the beginning to protect a client’s rights to sue law enforcement. Police misconduct and/or brutality comes in many forms; the unnecessary use of guns, tasers, fists or kicks to the head or body, use of police dogs, improper use of batons, flashlights, or using handcuffs in an impermissible manner.
Know Your Rights
Our attorneys have represented clients whose rights have been violated in these and other manners. Our attorneys have settled and tried numerous cases of false arrests based upon planting drugs, false allegations of wrongdoing, and violation of probation or parole contract searches. Victims of police brutality and misconduct are entitled to compensation. The law provides avenues of justice to compensate victims. Our attorneys represent victims of all types of police brutality, police misconduct and civil rights violations based on constitutional rights:
The First AmendmentGuarantees the freedom of speech and provides protection against retaliation. This is especially applicable to whistleblower cases, also known as a qui tam lawsuit.
The Fourth AmendmentProtects against illegal searches and seizures and police brutality. We have been successful in handling these civil rights cases, as well as unlawful arrest and wrongful conviction cases, which often involve violations of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment’s “due process of law” clauses.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964Prohibits federal and state governments and employers from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. This is often referenced in employment law cases.
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Recovery can be made on these types of illegal and violative police action:
- Use of excessive force by officers or jailers
- Shootings and injuries caused by police and law enforcement agents
- Taser use or improper deployment of Taser
- False arrest
- Falsified evidence or manufactured evidence
- Coerced confessions
- Injuries or property damage suffered by an innocent party in a high-speed police chase
- Malicious prosecution or wrongful criminal charges
- Illegal search and seizure by law enforcement
- Wrongful death caused by misconduct or brutality
- Any other acts of police misconduct directed against individuals or groups