Crime… and its Aftermath

GETTING ARRESTED - YOUR RIGHTS AND WHAT TO EXPECT: Lesson 3

Excessive Force Used During an Arrest

  • If you are being arrested, cooperate with the officer – even if you think the officer is wrong. 
    • Don’t put yourself in danger of physical injury by getting rowdy with police. 
    • Don’t give a police officer, fully armed with gun, taser, billy club, and pepper spray, a reason to think you need to be subdued!
    • Even if you are sure the officer is in the wrong and this IS JUST SO UNFAIR. Just don’t.
  • Police do not always handle situations properly but sometimes:
    • The person being arrested provokes the officer makes the situation worse.
    • The officer might have received a citizen complaint about you from someone.
    • The officer makes mistakes under pressure about what the law is.          
  • You can file a complaint later with the law enforcement agency, the Attorney General’s office special investigations division.
  • You can contact the US Attorney General’s office or the FBI if a federal law might have been violated.
  • You can consult an attorney about suing the officer.
  • If you have a lawyer after your arrest, tell the attorney about the excessive force.

 

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