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Chicago Police Shooting Attorney

Police officers are generally allowed to use whatever force is necessary to make an arrest or defend themselves. In most jurisdictions, when a jury has to decide whether an officer used more force than was necessary to make an arrest, the judge instructs it to consider what a reasonable person with the officer’s knowledge would have deemed necessary under the circumstances.

Use of Force

So, an arresting officer is allowed to use more force to arrest a resisting suspect than if the suspect were compliant, and may use deadly force if threatened with death or great bodily harm. The amount of force an officer may lawfully use against a fleeing suspect depends on whether the person appears to have committed either a felony or a misdemeanor. 

Deadly Force

In order for a police officer to be justified in using deadly force to apprehend a suspect, the officer must have probable cause to believe the suspect poses a significant threat to the officer or others. If someone is shot by police when there is no probable cause to believe that the suspect posed a serious threat, it is considered use of unjustified deadly force, and the injured person, or in the case of death, his or her family, is entitled to be compensated.


At the Chicago Law Office of William Carlos Weeden  we are experienced in handling cases of improper police shootings. We investigate these cases meticulously and are always prepared to go to trial unless a fair and full  settlement is offered.

Assert your Rights Against Police Shootings

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 an unlawful police shooting, 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.

Chicago Police Shooting Attorney

These are extremely complex cases that require a thorough knowledge of police procedure and highly skilled investigators who uncover important facts that may not be in the police report. The Law Office of William Carlos Weeden has experience handling a wide variety of civil rights abuse cases, including many involving unjustified police shootings.  Contact the Law Office of William Carlos Weeden today at (773) 683-1060 for a confidential initial consultation at no cost. 

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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