Police officers are sworn to protect citizens from harm and to preserve their civil rights. When an officer fails to intervene on the behalf of a citizen, there may be grounds for a lawsuit.
An experienced Chicago civil rights attorney from Foutris Law Office, Ltd. can meet with you to discuss the situation and determine whether you have grounds to sue, whether the incident occurred in Chicago or anywhere else in the state. He has experience representing police officers on allegations of civil rights abuse, and knows how they prepare to defend such cases. He will investigate all available information to discover evidence of police misconduct to support your claim for damages.
Police officers who witness any type of due process violation are duty-bound to intervene and to take any actions necessary to protect the victim's rights. Your claim may include officers who were present while you were victimized by police brutality, taser abuse, or false arrest, whether they condoned the actions or simply allowed them to happen.
Allegations of failure to intervene often extend beyond the officers who were at the scene of the incident. It may be possible to prove that superior officers and individuals in positions of authority within the police department were aware that the officer who violated your rights had a history or violence or abusive behavior and took no disciplinary action. An attorney from the firm will work with you to develop the claim and will represent you as the case progresses, with the goal of recovering the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Contact a Chicago civil rights lawyer to learn more about pursuing compensation for a police officer's failure to intervene.