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Police Brutality

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 their employer.

Contact The Bowlin Law Firm to learn more about your rights if an officer used excessive force against you in Tennessee.

Laws on Police Brutality

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 they are being threatened with great bodily harm
  • If the suspect is fleeing the scene (depending on the offense committed)

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 the victim must be able to prove that, more likely than not, excessive force was used in his/her arrest.

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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!


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