Excessive Force – Maryland Civil Rights Violations
Excessive Force by police unfortunately happens way too often in this country. A Maryland police officer’s use of force must be justified — bottom line. Here at The Norman Law Firm, we ensure all the facts are looked at when deciding whether the police officer had violated the Fourth Amendment’s protection of the public from excessive force.
Whether the police officer’s actions were excessive is determined by viewing the facts and circumstances of the specific situation. See Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386 (1989). Whether the force used is reasonable or not is determined by comparing the individual’s right to be free from unlawful seizures with the countering interest of officer and public safety.
Factors that are weighed when deciding whether an officer has used excessive force include:
- the amount of force used (including use of a taser, stun gun, or other weapon)
- whether there was probable cause for the initial arrest
- the seriousness of the crime
- whether the suspect poses an immediate threat to the officer and general public
- whether the individual is complying with the officers requests, resisting, or fleeing.
We pride ourselves in our ability to successfully bring civil rights cases and our care for our clients. We will help in any way we can and will make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
We will not charge for an initial consultation. If you feel that you have been a victim of Excessive Force or an other civil rights violation by the police or other government agency, its imperative that you Contact Us as soon as possible.