Chicago Police Brutality and Misconduct Attorneys
Police brutality is intolerable in a civilized society. Not only does it do real, tangible violence to vulnerable civilians, it violates the trust of the governed and undermines the authority of law enforcement, eroding the confidence necessary for a peaceful and productive society.
At Gregory E. Kulis & Associates, Ltd., we believe in the power of civil lawsuits to compensate victims, punish abusive officers, reform police procedures and deter future acts of police brutality.
Our attorneys provide aggressive and efficient representation to citizens who have suffered at the hands of misguided, ill-trained or simply hot-headed officers who overstep their authority and commit abusive acts, such as:
- Assault and battery
- Coerced confession
- False arrest
- Falsified evidence
- False imprisonment or detention
- Illegal/improper search
- Inhumane treatment of prisoners
- Malicious prosecution
- Non-lethal weapon abuse (pepper spray and/or Tasers)
- Police dog bites
- Political repression
- Racial profiling
- Sexual abuse
- Surveillance abuse
- Unlawful stop
- Wrongful death
- Use of excessive/deadly force — unjustified shootings
Police brutality in Chicago: growing problem or growing awareness?
Reliable statistics on police misconduct are hard to come by. The United States Department of Justice reports that in 2014, an estimated 40 million Americans had face-to-face encounters with police officers and “about 9 out of 10 felt the officer…behaved properly.” While a 90 percent success rate is encouraging, it still means that 4 million citizens thought the police behaved improperly in some regard. Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that police misconduct is on the rise, but this may simply be due to the growing prevalence of cell phone cameras. Citizens who have visual evidence of abuse are more likely to come forward to report it.
Your legal remedies to police brutality and misconduct in Chicago
Police brutality is any application of force that is excessive under the circumstances. Police misconduct is any act committed under color of authority that exceeds the limits of that authority. Generally speaking, government authority is limited by the amendments found in the Bill of Rights, so any police act that violates a citizen’s constitutional rights is misconduct.
Your remedies to police brutality and misconduct include:
Compensatory damages — money to compensate a victim for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering, etc. as a result of the abuse
Punitive damages — money taken from the offender (and given to the victim) to punish for the offense and to deter similar conduct in the future
Injunctive relief — a court order to discontinue the offending behavior; for instance, if a police officer used pepper spray under circumstances which the court deemed excessive force, the court might enjoin the police department to write that restriction into their training manual for officers
Contact an assertive police brutality law firm with a record of success in Chicago
For more than 25 years, Gregory E. Kulis & Associates, Ltd. has helped Chicago clients prevail in court and win compensation for their injuries.
We’ve also been called to assist other attorneys with existing cases and see them through to successful conclusion. Our team of talented attorneys will partner with you to determine if you have an actionable case.
If so, we will press to have your rights vindicated.
Call us today at 312-580-1830 for a free phone consultation or contact our office online.