Every police department in Arizona whether it’s the Phoenix PD, Mesa PD, Gilbert PD, Scottsdale PD, etc., has an obligation to each citizen to obey the law without misconduct or excessive force. When this obligation is not honored and if someone is injured by a member of the police department, it is known as police brutality.
In regards to police brutality in Arizona, the law states that a police officer may use excessive force if needed to control a situation or if they feel like a suspect is putting him or her, or others, in immediate harm. Routine traffic stops or situations where suspects are fully cooperating with an officer, are not instances where force should be used. If they are, it may be police brutality.
In Arizona, police brutality most commonly occurs:
- Following the end of a pursuit
- In routine traffic stops, arrests, or detentions.
- In jails or prisons in Phoenix.
- By housing police.
- By security officers, or school safety officers.
- When individuals are brought in for questioning and excessive physical force is used.
Unfortunately, when someone commits a crime and has broken the law, they feel like they don’t have a police brutality case because of the crime they committed. This is not the case with police brutality in Arizona. Police brutality cases depend solely on the circumstances of your arrest and whether or not your federal or state rights were violated during that time. Victims of racial profiling may also have a police brutality case since it is against the law in Arizona.
Police brutality cases may be difficult to prove but with the right criminal defense lawyer mesa az on your side it can be done. Learn more about police brutality and other practice areas provided here at the Naegle Law Firm, PLC.
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