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Police Misconduct

Accomplished Springfield Civil Rights Lawyer Represents Victims of Police Misconduct

Massachusetts attorney holds law enforcement accountable

Police officers are entrusted by the public with preserving peace and providing security and protection. Most officers take these responsibilities seriously, serving their community and risking their lives for the good of the public. Unfortunately, not every officer acts honorably. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Harold I. Resnic stand up to law enforcement officers, police departments and police organizations to protect your rights when brutality or other unlawful acts are alleged.

What is reasonable force?

In enforcing the law, there’s a fine line between reasonable force and excessive force. Police officers often have to use some force. However, an officer cannot use more force than is necessary to defend himself/herself, terminate unlawful resistance or make an arrest. Each case is unique and based on the situation, so in many cases the line is blurred when it comes to reasonable force.

Knowingly preventing an officer from performing his duties constitutes resisting arrest. Often, defendants resist arrest because police were using excessive force. Prosecutors will combat that argument by asserting that officers used excessive force because you were resisting arrest.

A court will consider the evidence, including witness testimony, police reports and any audio or video recordings of the incident. Springfield attorney Harold I. Resnic assembles the facts of police brutality cases and builds a strong case that shows that the officer’s actions were unreasonable to hold the officer accountable for your injuries.

Types of police misconduct

The use of deadly force is only authorized in very limited circumstances, generally when an officer fears for his life or the life of another. So, conduct that might be considered brutal includes:

  • Shooting or assaulting a person who is not threatening or who is running away
  • Striking, tasing or shooting someone who is already handcuffed

Police misconduct is not limited to brutality, however. Officers can violate your rights in more subtle ways that include:

  • False arrest
  • Wrongful conviction
  • Illegal search

If you suffered a personal injury at the hands of the police, it’s important to seek experienced legal representation.  Springfield attorney Harold I. Resnic has handled many police misconduct cases and stands up to law enforcement officers, police departments and police organizations to protect your rights. Regardless of whether an officer is disciplined or fired, you may still file a civil lawsuit to recover damages for your injuries and your violated civil rights.

Contact an experienced workplace injury attorney in Springfield for a free consultation

For more than four decades, the Law Offices of Harold I. Resnic has been a champion for justice in police brutality cases in Massachusetts. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 413-301-9124 or contacting us online. Our Springfield, MA law office is near Hampden Superior Court and the Mass Mutual Center. We meet with clients Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment; we will visit you in the hospital. If you visit our office, there is an on-site parking garage, and we are easily reached by public transportation.

Testimonials
  • "I was rendered totally disabled because of a car accident while my car was parked. The other driver’s insurance company has admitted that its insured was at fault but has refused to offer a fair settlement. Attorney Resnic has been aggressive in suing the insurance company for bad faith handling of my claim and is seeking three times my damages plus attorneys’ fees and costs. If you want an attorney that will fight for you, this is the guy. " - TD

  • "Attorney Harold Resnic is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and well-respected. He settled my Workers’ Compensation case for $350,000 when the employer disputed the fact that I even had an accident. He is now suing the people responsible for my injuries so that I can collect damages for my pain and Suffering." - LD

  • "I was seriously hurt in a fall on snow and ice in my employer’s parking lot. Attorney Resnic got me a generous settlement for the Workers’ Compensation claim and for my claim against the building owner and maintenance company for pain and suffering. I highly recommend Attorney Harold Resnic." - DG

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