Police Misconduct

Police Misconduct

Police misconduct occurs when an officer violates someone’s constitutional rights. This misconduct can subject the officer and the police department to both civil and criminal penalties.

When an officer of the law steps outside of the bounds of their authority and violates the civil rights of a citizen it damages the public’s trust in police officers and can result in severe physical injury.

Police abuse lawsuits seek to obtain compensation for the victim, and also act as an important safeguard in our society to ensure that the appropriate standards for use of force are followed.

If you were the victim of police misconduct, don’t wait to get the representation of an attorney. A personal injury lawyer can ensure justice and retribution for you and your family.

Louisiana Police

There are about 18,050 State of Louisiana sworn law enforcement officers. There is a rigorous hiring process to become a Louisiana Police Officer. They must pass the Louisiana Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST) academy. Additionally, recruits must pass drug screening, background checks, and other evaluations.

To protect citizens and uphold the law, police put their lives on the line everyday. It can be stressful and honest mistakes do happen. Stress and mistakes do not excuse the abuse of power.

Most police officers are ethical, hard working, and dedicated to serving their communities. When a law enforcement officer abuses their position of power, they betray the trust the community has put in them and all officers. The personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have experience helping the victims of police brutality seek compensation for their losses.

Examples of various types of police misconduct cases that can result in a lawsuit include:

Police brutality

Excessive force

Stun gun or taser gun injuries

Intentional false arrest

Framing a suspect by planting evidence

Making false claims in a police report

Fabricating evidence

Sexual assault


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Police Brutality and Excessive Use of Force

Police officers can legally only use force proportional to the situation and the threat posed by another person.  They cannot injure someone without cause. When an officer uses excessive force, it violates that individuals civil rights. Additionally, police can cause permanent injury or even death if they use unnecessary force. Seeking financial compensation for physical injury or death in a civil lawsuit is among the means to get justice in police brutality cases.


Police Taser Lawsuits

Taser Stun Guns are thought by most to be non-lethal, delivering only stopping force.  In reality, at least 334 deaths have links to police Taser use.  According to reports, 905 of the victims were unarmed and did not appear to present a serious threat.  Excessive Taser use can cause permanent and potentially fatal injury because of the repeated shocking of the victim. You can pursue a lawsuit against police force when injuries or death occur as a result of inadequate training or inappropriate use of the stun guns.

Police Shooting Deaths

Police officers must only fire their weapon as a last resort when their life or the lives of others are in danger. If an officer kills someone in an unjustified police shooting, compensation may be available through a wrongful death lawsuit. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess has experience in these cases.


Wrongful Imprisonment and Prison Abuse

The police do not have unlimited authority to arrest or detain people. A police officer must have a probable cause and reasonable suspicion to detain someone for any period of time.  Placing someone in prison or jail in an unjustified situation can result in serious emotional and financial damage.

Over the past few years, Louisiana has made national media due to prison abuse and fatal shootings. Our staff and attorneys have experience helping victims and their families with these cases.

If you are the victim of police misconduct or abuse, you may be able to collect money damages against those responsible. Important time limits govern whether a civil lawsuit can be successfully filed and litigated. So, act quickly to discuss your claim with an experienced New Orleans, Louisiana lawyer at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess.

We can help you to receive compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Most importantly, we can ensure justice is done for you and your family. Contact the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess to discuss your legal options in a free, no-obligation personal injury consultation. Call 877-234-7573.