Suing For Police Brutality In Wisconsin
Suing For Police Brutality In Wisconsin Violent interactions between citizens and Wisconsin police remain common despite increased media attention and officer training. When a citizen is injured during an altercation with the police, he or she may be able to sue for police brutality.
Section 1983 of Civil Rights Act Protects Against Police BrutalityThe Civil Rights Act protects U.S. citizens’ constitutional rights. Section 1983 of the Act provides specific protection from the use of excessive force by law enforcement while also providing a way to sue police officers, government agencies, and even officials in those cases. Section 1983 protections commonly cover 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendment rights. Under Section 1983, victims can file lawsuits in federal court if they have been subject to mistreatment by the police such as:
- Excessive force. Officers are able to use reasonable amounts of force when restraining or capturing suspects, but the courts can find that in certain circumstances the force was unreasonable, which would allow a victim to recover damages.
- Racial slurs. Racial slurs or epithets are never condoned under any rule of law. The use of such language constitutes verbal abuse and can lead to a recovery of damages under Section 1983.
- Lethal force. The use of lethal force, such as shooting to kill a suspect, may be a violation of a person’s 4th Amendment Rights; both victims and their families can sue for damages in these instances.