When deadly force goes too far
Police officers have a sworn duty to protect and serve the people in the communities in which they work. To that end, they have been given broad powers to carry out their duties. However, there are laws in this country that place limits on how far police officers can go when it comes to enforcing the law.
The vast majority of police officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep the community safe. Unfortunately, there are times when officers use excessive force and violate the civil rights of the very people that they’ve sworn a duty to protect.
Police involved shootings have been making the headlines more and more over the past couple of years and have involved the use of non-lethal weapons such as police tasers as well as injuries or deaths resulting from the irresponsible or negligent use of guns on the part of the officers involved in the incident. These events have torn families apart, and many of the people in those communities affected by these shootings have begun to fear for their safety.
If you are a family member of an individual who was killed by a police officer due to negligence or intentional conduct, you may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Because these lawsuits are very complex, you need the services of a personal injury attorney who specializes in cases involving police misconduct and brutality. Los Angeles PI attorney, Greg Yates, is considered to be one of the best PI attorneys in Los Angeles. He was involved in the Rampart police corruption scandal, one of the biggest police scandals in L.A. history and successfully recovered millions of dollars in damages for his 60 clients.
A shot in the back
Greg Yates’ most recent case involving police brutality is the case surrounding the death of 16 year old Anthony Weber, who, on February 4th, was shot in the back and fatally wounded by an officer from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Weber’s family was shocked that their son was killed by cops and has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, seeking $10 million in damages.
The complaint, filed in Los Angeles federal court, is alleging wrongful death due to negligence in the use of deadly force on the part of the deputy or deputies involved in the incident as well violating Weber’s constitutional rights. The lawsuit contends that Weber was unarmed at the time of the incident, and that he suffered extreme mental and physical pain before his death.
Police brutality lawsuits not only seek to provide compensation for the family of the victim, but also act as safeguards against future incidents. Attorney Gregory Yates is committed to pursuing justice for the victims of police involved shootings. With one of the highest success rates in the state of California, Greg Yates will fight tirelessly for the rights of the victims and family members of police shooting.
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