Police Brutality: What Constitutes Personal Injury Under The Law When Police Go Too Far

If police attempt to arrest you on charges, it is in your best interest not to resist arrest. When you do not resist but the police still use force that harms you or makes you afraid for your life, that counts as police brutality. If you need medical attention as the result of police brutality, that's a type of personal injury. Here is some more information to help you decide if you need the help of a personal injury attorney and what the attorney can do for you with regards to physical and/or sexual police brutality.

Physical Injuries

Physical injuries as the result of excessive force by the police are the most common personal injury of this type. This includes bruises, welts, broken bones, concussions, soft tissue damage, and swollen areas on your head or face. Until you have a lawyer who can document your injuries with a phone or camera, just try to keep track of when the injuries occurred and in where you were when they occurred (e.g., outside prior to arrest, in the car, in the booking area at the station, etc.). Your lawyer will need all of this information so that he or she can access security recordings of these areas to see exactly what took place.

Sexual Injuries

As for sexual injuries, these may occur when an officer gropes you or gropes you really hard during a pat down. If you were the victim of a sexual assault of any kind by a police officer, you need to report the sexual assault right away and invoke your right to a medical examination. The examination will document any and all proof of your claims of sexual and/or physical assault during your temporary incarceration. Your lawyer can use the results of the medical examination, photos of your injuries and, if applicable, the results of your rape kit to build your case.

What Your Personal Injury Attorney Can Do For Your Situation

If you were cooperating, not running and not resisting arrest, the police should not have used any force against you. Even in cases where you may have tried to fight back because you were terrified about the threats or behavior of the officers may still count as police brutality. Your personal injury lawyer can assess your documentation, look at any video footage, and then file a lawsuit against the police department and the officers that harmed you.