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Chicago Police Excessive Force Attorney

Police excessive force (or brutality) is a term used to describe any excessive and unnecessary physical force, assault, or verbal abuse used by law enforcement when dealing with the public. The United States Code, the laws that govern the day to day running of the country, states that any person working under the authority of a state law enforcement body who violates the civil rights of anyone in the U.S. is liable to pay for any damages they cause.

Police Misconduct

Any time a police officer abuses his or her authority and inflicts undue suffering on any person it is an affront to not only the victim of the pain, but to society as a whole. The people we depend on to protect us from criminal aggressors should never become the aggressors themselves.

Police officers are given a large amount of power when they are given a badge. They are allowed to carry guns, arrest people, and use deadly force when needed. However, that power comes with a large amount of responsibility. Police officers must follow the law and act within the constraints of the United States Constitution.

No matter how difficult their job is, police officers do not have the right to use excessive force when apprehending suspects and interacting with civilians. Police officers are instructed to use only the minimum amount of force necessary to achieve a legitimate purpose.

Excessive Force

On occasion, police will use excessive force on an individual. Contact the Law Office of William Carlos Weeden today if you believe a police officer unlawful used a:

  • Taser;
  • Baton (Night Stick);
  • Pepper (OC) Spray;
  • Fists (Punched);
  • Feet (Kicked or Stomped); and/or
  • Gun
The Law Office of William Carlos Weeden understands that most people who are victims of police brutality are often charged with a crime. That does not mean that your injuries or your rights are any less important. Our Police Excessive Force Law Office is willing to stand up to any government official, including police agencies, if they violated your civil rights.


A police officer who commits an illegal assault is as culpable and liable for their actions as any civilian who commits assault. In fact, a law enforcement officer who willingly assaults another person in the line of duty can be held responsible for their actions, for in their role as a sworn peace officer they ought to know better.

The long term effects of a police assault are not always physical. Many people who suffer assault at the hands of “peace” officers experience severe depression, nightmares, and post-traumatic stress disorder. An assault, whether physical or mental, totally undermines and destroys the faith we all have in law enforcement in general.

Those who commit assault should be held accountable for their actions regardless of whether or not they wear a badge. If you or someone you know endured an assault at the hands of a police officer you may be entitled to take legal action. 

Let a knowledgeable, experienced attorney guide you through the complex, confusing, and difficult proceedings required to bring abusive law enforcement officers to justice. Contact the Law Office of William Carlos Weeden today or a confidential initial consultation at no cost.  We aggressively represent clients throughout the the state of Illinois.

Chicago Police Brutality Attorney.

Civil rights claims are an important part of our legal system, providing a balance between the duty of law enforcement to uphold the laws, and the rights of individuals to be free from police misconduct.  If you feel that you or someone you know  been the victim of police brutality, contact the Law Office of William Carlos Weeden promptly so that valuable evidence does not disappear.  You may be entitled to take legal action against those responsible, and claim financial restitution based on your situation

Law Office of William Carlos Weeden

The information on this website has been provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship or warrant that a certain result will be attained in a specific case. The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and the certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois. We encourage you to contact us or another legal professional for advice regarding your individual situation.

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