The use of tasers by law enforcement can result in serious injury and even death. When police officers use tasers unreasonably, they act in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The police brutality attorneys at Newmark Storms Law Office are ready to help.
Tasers are electroshock weapons that discharge two dart-like electrodes delivering an electrical current to disrupt muscular control and cause “neuromuscular incapacitation.” They also have a pain compliance aspect, particularly when used in the “drive stun” mode. Tasers were intended to give police officers an additional, non-lethal use of force option.
Tasers undoubtedly can be dangerous—particularly when used improperly. Improper taser use includes discharging a taser excessively, discharging a taser when the subject is on an elevated surface, and using a taser when it is unreasonable to do so in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
Tasers can be used as the basis for a police brutality case. When an officer unreasonably uses a taser in violation of citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights, a civil rights action may be brought for that officer’s act of police brutality. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from “unreasonable searches and seizures.” When a police officer unreasonably uses a taser on a citizen, that is an unreasonable seizure.
Seek medical attention for any injuries caused from a taser. It is important that all injuries and treatments are documented. Waiting too long to see a doctor can damage such a civil case. If arrested, it is just as important to ask for medical assistance at jail when access to the hospital is not available.
After seeking medical attention for a taser injury, the civil attorneys at Newmark Storms will provide a free consultation to discuss such cases. Do not delay reaching out to a civil attorney; it is critical that evidence is preserved, such as documentation, videos, and witness statements.
Police brutality cases require an understanding of a complex area of federal law. Attorneys who just dabble in this area often find themselves on the short end of the stick. These cases are far more difficult than more basic personal injury cases, but they are cases that may be won by hiring an experienced civil lawyer who has tried similar cases.
Jeff Storms is an accomplished lawyer, who was named a 2013 “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer for his work on a $3.075 Million Dollar police brutality wrongful death—the second largest police brutality settlement in Minnesota history. Jeff also helped clients obtain many other significant police brutality recoveries, including those involving taser injuries.
The attorneys at Newmark Storms understand the critical aspect of working with the media on these cases. Jeff Storms’ civil rights work has been covered by the Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, City Pages, and KSTP.
The Newmark Storms Law Office also has the unique advantage of having two of Minnesota’s best criminal defense attorneys, Eric Newmark and Jill Brisbois, to play a key role on the police brutality team. When the police wrongly injure someone, they often cite victims with questionable criminal charges in order to make it more difficult for the victim to bring a claim.
The Newmark Storms Law Office attorneys take police brutality cases on a “contingency fee” basis, which means they only get paid if money is recovered on the victim’s behalf.
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