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Police misconduct refers to illegal or inappropriate actions by police officers in the course of carrying out their official duties. Regardless of why it happens, all types of police misconduct can have severely damaging effects on a person’s life. While there are many honorable cops out there, that does not negate the harsh consequences that the improper actions of the less honorable officers can have.

If you believe that you have been a victim of police misconduct, it may be time to speak with an West Covina police misconduct attorney from Coimbra Law Firm.

Police misconduct can take on a large variety of forms, including but not limited to the following:

  • Forcing false confessions
  • False arrest
  • Planting false evidence
  • Fabricating evidence
  • False imprisonment
  • Intimidation
  • Police brutality
  • Excessive Force
  • Unreasonable weapon/police dog use
  • “Less lethal” weapons and excessive force
  • Sexual assaults
  • Illegal strip searches
  • Racial profiling
  • Witness tampering
  • Perjury
  • Jail and prison abuse

Understanding Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Violations

Police misconduct is often characterized in the legal world as a violation of civil rights. Civil rights are those rights that protect individuals’ freedom from infringement by the government, which includes law enforcement. Civil rights can also be defined as those liberties granted by the United States and California Constitutions. A violation of a civil right occurs when those rights are improperly interfered with or infringed upon by the government or its agents.

There are many causes of police misconduct, including:

  • Bad training
  • Pressure to solve crimes
  • Bad judgment
  • Laziness
  • Code of silence: when officers do not turn each other in and will cover for each other

Common Outcomes of Police Misconduct Cases

There are a number of different claims we may be able to file on your behalf, depending on the circumstances. If we are successful, we may be able to recover money damages, modifications to police department policies to reduce the risk of future violations, and discipline or job loss of the officer.

An West Covina civil rights defense lawyer from our office can represent you for violations of your civil rights. Set up a free case consultation by calling our office at (626) 827-7222.

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