Kohn Swift represents individuals and classes of people whose rights have been infringed through police brutality or excessive force.
What Is Police Brutality / Excessive Force?
A government official uses excessive force when they exceed the minimum amount of force necessary to diffuse an incident or to protect themselves or others from harm. When police officers use excessive force, it is also referred to as police brutality.
The firm recently brought a class-action lawsuit on behalf of people whose rights were infringed when the Philadelphia Police used excessive force without justification on protesters, including use of tear gas and pepper spray.
POLICE BRUTALITY / EXCESSIVE FORCE LITIGATION
The U.S. Constitution provides a right to be protected from excessive force, in both the Fourth Amendment’s reasonable search and seizure requirement, and the Eight Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
People harmed by excessive force may be able to bring a civil rights claim under Section 1983 of the U.S. Code.
Courts in Police Brutality / Excessive Force cases may award plaintiffs monetary damages and attorneys fees.