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Can I file a lawsuit against a police officer for excessive force and police brutality?

I was punched in the face by a police officer for allegedly pushing the officer which I never did and now my eye is swollen shut black, and I had to get stitches. I already have filed a complaint with the police department against the officer for excessive force and police brutality, but I would also like to file a law suit is that possible?

Answer By Timothy Jones
Timothy Jones, Attorney at Law
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Yes

Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 7/21/2011

Answer By Shawn M. Murray
The Law Firm of Shawn M. Murray
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It is. It's called a Section 1983 action which would be brought in federal court for violation of your civil rights "under color of law." It is important that you be sure to take numerous, hi-resolution pictures of your injuries.

Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 7/19/2011

Answer By David Hoines
David Hoines Law
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these are tough caseswere you arrested? if so, you must found not guilty of criminal case

Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 7/18/2011

Vincent J. Bernabei LLC
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If you were the victim of police brutality, then you can file a civil lawsuit against the officer and the department to recover damages. Because you have a claim against a governmental agency, you must give notice of your intent to pursue the claim within 180 days of the incident.

Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 7/18/2011

Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
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The answer is "sure". Police are bad for lying where abuse is concerned so be very careful.

Answer Applies to: North Carolina
Replied: 7/18/2011

Answer By Eddie W. Wilson
Wilson & Hajek, LLC
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Yes, but hard to win unless you have some corroborating evidence such as a video.

Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 7/18/2011

David F. Stoddard
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You can. However, these cases are hard to win. It often comes down to your word against the officer. He will probably state facts that would make his hitting you justified to defend himself. You probably need some evidence to corroborate tht he was the aggressor besides your own testimony.

Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Replied: 7/17/2011

Answer By Patrick M Lamar
Patrick M Lamar Attorney
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Yes, a lawsuit is a possibility. However, these cases are extremely difficult to win due to the number of immunities and semi-immunities officers are provided. See a lawyer who has handled a number of these type of cases in the past.

Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 7/17/2011

Answer By James P Kelaher
Kelaher Law Offices, P.A.
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Yes, but you will probably have difficulty finding an attorney to handle it.

Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 7/16/2011

Answer By Jared Altman
Law Office of Jared Altman
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Yes. You can file a lawsuit. I suggest that you hire a lawyer immediately because you must file a notice of claim within ninety days of the occurrence. Don't delay! J

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/16/2011

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