Fight Back Against Police Brutality
Civil Rights Litigation Lawyers in Tennessee
Have you or a loved one experienced police brutality? If so, do not hesitate
to contact The Bowlin Law Firm. Our Tennessee civil rights litigation
attorneys are devoted to pursuing justice on behalf of the individuals
who have been victimized by police brutality.
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Police Brutality and Excessive Force
By law, police and other law enforcement officers are permitted to use
force or defend themselves if it is necessary to make the arrest. Police
brutality is one of several forms of police misconduct and is defined
as the use of excessive force—usually physical—performed by
a police officer and inflicted on civilians. Police brutality can also
manifest in verbal attacks and / or psychological intimidation.
Excessive force by an officer during an arrest is in violation of the Fourth
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Victims of excessive force may have
the right to pursue legal action against the arresting officer, or even
Contact The Bowlin Law Firm to learn more about your rights if an officer
used excessive force against you in Tennessee.
When can a law enforcement officer legally use excessive force?
- If the arresting officer suspects that the suspect is resisting
- If the arresting officer has reason to believe that he or she is being
threatened with great bodily harm
- If the suspect is fleeing the scene (depending on the offense committed
by the suspect)
Burden of Proof
In a civil suit, the plaintiff will typically have to prove liability by
a "preponderance of the evidence," which shows that the officer
is guilty of police brutality. This means that the victim must be able
to prove that, more likely than not, excessive force was used in his or
her arrest. We can help to protect your rights in Knoxville, Knox County
and Hamblen County.
Protect your rights—call The Bowlin Law Firm today!
Inmates are provided rights under state and federal law. The Eighth Amendment
of the Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment - a tenant
that applies to inmates of the U.S. prison system. Acts of police brutality
directly violate state and federal laws that protect basic human rights.
As such, inmates who are victimized by an officer's excessive force
have the right to pursue legal action.
We believe that no one—whether they are found guilty of their criminal
accusations or not—should ever be the victim of police brutality.
In retaining our firm's services, you can rest assured that we will
fight vigorously to protect your rights.
Contact our firm to learn about the services we provide to victims of police brutality. We offer
free case evaluations!