Many Hendersonville police officers perform their duties without brutalizing, harassing, or discriminating against members of the public. The problem arises when some law enforcement officers abuse their authority and use their position to dominate others instead of protecting them.
While it is a good thing that incidents of police brutality are uncommon, these events never should happen. People should be able to reach out to the police for help and not worry about whether a “cowboy cop” will respond to the call. In fact, some people fear the police more than the criminals.
Parents should not have to worry about whether their teenage kids will get killed during a routine traffic stop because of the color of their skin. People should not automatically be considered suspects because of their race, age, gender, clothing, religion, ethnic origin, or appearance.
The motto for law enforcement officers is “serve and protect,” not “discriminate and terrorize.” A Hendersonville police brutality lawyer from The Cochran Firm – Nashville, will work hard to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions after incidents of police brutality or misconduct. Please call us today at (615) 651-7451 if you or a loved one were the victim of police brutality, racial profiling, or other law enforcement misconduct. The initial consultation is at no cost to you, and there is no obligation.
Law Enforcement Misconduct
When people think of law enforcement misconduct, they often think about tragic stories on the news in which an innocent person suffered severe injuries or death at the hands of the police. Other instances may call to mind a person who might have committed a crime and got treated with extreme violence without any justification on the part of law enforcement.
Police misconduct is any kind of inappropriate behavior that an individual perpetrates on others in the course of law enforcement duties. A few examples of police misconduct are:
- Excessive use of physical force
- Unauthorized use of deadly force
- Strip searches without good faith justification
- Illegal profiling based on race, sexual identity, religion, country of origin, or any other prohibited discrimination
- Use of police power to coerce someone to do something against his will, such as blackmailing someone with the threat of disclosing embarrassing information
- Sexual assault, whether at a traffic stop, in a jail or confinement setting, or somewhere else
The Hendersonville police brutality lawyers at the Cochran Firm – Nashville, can stand up for your rights and hold authorities accountable for misconduct. You can call us today at (615) 651-7451 to get started.
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Recent Killings by the Police
The rest of the world looks on in shock and horror at the number of United States residents who die at the hands of our police officers. Here are three notable examples that occurred within a four-month period:
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May 25, 2020 – George Floyd Killed – Minnesota
Minneapolis police arrested Mr. Floyd on allegations that he had bought something at a store using counterfeit money. One of the police officers, Derek Chauvin, handcuffed Mr. Floyd and made him lie face-down in the street. Chauvin then killed Mr. Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nearly eight minutes, making it impossible for Mr. Floyd to breathe.
Chauvin ignored pleas from bystanders to remove his knee from Mr. Floyd’s neck. Several other officers were on the scene but did nothing to intervene while Chauvin killed Mr. Floyd.
June 12, 2020 – Rayshard Brooks Killed – Georgia
CNN reported on the death of Rayshard Brooks by a police officer. Mr. Brooks fell asleep in his car in the drive-through lane of a fast-food restaurant. Mr. Brooks grabbed an officer’s taser and ran away from the officers who tried to arrest him after he failed a sobriety test.
One of the officers shot Mr. Brooks in the back twice. The Prosecuting Attorney handling the felony murder and 10 other charges against the officer says that the officer kicked Mr. Brooks while he lay on the ground, dying.
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March 13, 2020 – Breonna Taylor – Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky police raided 26-year-old Breonna Taylor’s apartment looking for drugs. They did not find any contraband substances, but they shot Ms. Taylor eight times. She died from her gunshot wounds.
When these horrible events happen, the police officers and their departments must be accountable for their actions, the harm they cause, and so that they cannot continue hurting people.
How to Get Legal Help for a Police Brutality or Misconduct Claim
Some lawyers fear taking on the police out of concern that they or their families might face retaliation. Bullies often strike out violently against people who stand up to them, and “bad cops” are bullies. The Hendersonville police brutality lawyers at the Cochran Firm – Nashville are not afraid to battle law enforcement departments and officers who act unlawfully.
Please do not wait too long to call us. Tennessee law gives you very little time to file a lawsuit seeking damages for your injuries and losses. If you miss the deadline, you can lose the right to get compensation. You can call us today at (615) 651-7451 for a free consultation.