If you believe you have been the victim of police misconduct, it is important for you to consult an attorney as soon as possible. Often times, the victimized person is also facing a bogus criminal offense. The outcome of this criminal case can have an affect whether the police are found liable for misconduct. So do not wait after the criminal case is over to consult an attorney to determine if you have a case. In their report, the police will never admit to misconduct. Accordingly, it is critical to collect other evidence proving the misconduct. In car videos and other recordings are helpful. Statements from civilian witnesses can contradict what the police claimed happened. If you were injured by the police, contact a medical profession for your treatment and to document the injury. Remember, it is often your word versus the police.
I have written about several police misconduct cases on my blog, nwcrimeblog.com:
- Why it took Pierce County prosecutors two trials to convict one of the ‘Craigslist killers’
- Why did the prosecutor not charge the cops for shooting Dustin Theoharis?
- Case dismissed, but why did the 70-year old man who uses a golf club for a cane accept the diversion agreement plea offer?
- Should police officers purchase their own body cameras?