With the current movement and nationwide protest addressing the issue of police brutality, law enforcement misconduct has under greater scrutiny and public focus. As a result, its more widely understood that certain actions, such as an unreasonable arrest or detention, are illegal. Law enforcement officials that actively practice various forms of misconduct can find themselves in violation of several laws – and facing a civil personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. The Los Angeles police misconduct injury attorneys at JML Law would like to further explain what actions are considered misconduct by law enforcement, while also discussing recent occurrences of police misconduct.
According to a recent Los Angeles news article, an 18-year-old male of El Salvadorian heritage was killed in a situation of alleged police misconduct and violence.
From reports, Andres Guardado was shot six times by police officers for allegedly running from them and holding a handgun. However, reports have uncovered that the victim was working as a security guard for an autobody shop that night. The shop, according to the boy’s family members, had recently had issues with people “tagging” the building.
The shop’s owner says that police showed up and pulled their guns on the Guardado. The shop owner said the boy ran because he was scared. “He’s got a clean background and everything. There’s no reason,” said the shop owner.
A protest was held as a result of Guardado’s death. Law enforcement used tear gas to disperse protestors.
Despite the reports made by authorities in order to justify certain actions of misconduct, there are certain situations in which an individual is unreasonably arrested or a victim of misconduct. There are several different methods of misconduct that occur. This can include:
If you or somebody you care about has experienced injury from the unreasonable or malicious misconduct of law enforcement, seek assistance from an attorney as soon as possible. As JML Law, our attorneys are prepared to thoroughly investigate every aspect of your case in order to secure the maximum compensation you are entitled to. This can include damages such as: