It isn’t uncommon for a law enforcement officer to walk away from a police brutality case without being criminally charged or reprimanded in any way. The fact is, it can be difficult to prove an officer’s behavior was unjustifiable. Although an officer may get to walk free and continue on with their lives as if nothing happened, that doesn’t mean the individual who they physically harmed or mistreated also walks away empty-handed.
Legal recourse may still be available.
Take the case involving four young Black girls who were held at gunpoint by Denver police officers who presumed they had been riding in a stolen vehicle.1 After the officers connected the license plate with a stolen vehicle, they handcuffed two of the young girls and had them lay face down in a parking lot. The officers had their guns drawn on the young girls whose ages ranged from six to 17 during this time. It turns out, the license plate actually matched that of a stolen motorcycle and the car the girls were riding in was not the stolen vehicle after all.
Although it was reported that the officers who wrongly detained the young girls would not be charged over the incident, the girls’ police brutality lawyer was “not surprised by the decision” and intended on filing a lawsuit against the city.
Suing Over Wrongful Detainment or Excessive Force in Colorado
Although police officers are often let off the hook for engaging in illegal or unethical practices, those they harm can still file suit in an effort to recover damages. Damages is a legal term that is often used to refer to financial relief. If an individual was injured by a police officer in Colorado and they are looking to sue for damages, the CO police brutality lawyers at Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC are available to help.
Even when a police officer is not formally charged for a crime or is not reprimanded by their department, a victim of police brutality can still sue the department or even the city for damages. Some of the damages they may be entitled to recover include:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses, if they suffered injuries and required medical attention.
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
For those who are looking to sue a police department in Colorado or a city for the physical and/or psychological injuries an officer has caused them to suffer, they can contact Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC at 720-923-2333. A CO police brutality lawyer will be able to assess their case, determine if they have the grounds to sue, and help them fight for a fair and favorable outcome.
Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC can be reached at:
333 W. Hampden Avenue, #420B
Englewood, CO 80110