Excessive Force


PA Attorneys Handling Police Excessive Force Cases

When the police use excessive force, they may be violating the Fourth or 14th amendments to the Constitution. Excessive force is when police use more force than necessary to achieve their purpose. For example, if a police officer arrests and handcuffs a suspect and places him in the back of the police car, he cannot then beat the suspect with a nightstick for perceived disrespect.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated ... Fourth Amendment to the Constitution

No ... State [shall] deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law. 14th Amendment to the Constitution

Examples of Excessive Force

At the Philadelphia law firm of Jeffrey R. Lessin & Associates, P.C., our attorneys help clients who have been subjected to excessive force by the police. Examples of the use of excessive force can include:

  • Beating suspects with batons, nightsticks or fists
  • Using Tasers® or other stun guns
  • Allowing police dogs to attack suspects who are restrained
  • Using firearms against someone who does not pose a threat

These examples of police misconduct and police brutality can result in serious injury or wrongful death. Victims or their families may have the right to seek payment for their injuries and damages for the wrong they suffered. Our lawyers assist clients in such matters and are committed to seeking maximum compensation on their behalf.

Many of these cases arise from police misusing legitimate law enforcement tools, such as nightsticks or Tasers®. Stun guns such as Tasers® are intended to stop people who are on the attack, not suspects handcuffed in the back of a police car. Similarly, nightsticks and batons are supposed to be used when a police officer is in danger during a violent assault.

If you or a loved one has experienced the use of excessive force by a Pennsylvania police officer, contact our Philadelphia civil rights law firm to schedule a no-cost consultation about your situation.

You pay no legal fees unless we win. Conveniently located across from City Hall in downtown Philadelphia.

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