Excessive Force

Police Excessive Force can result in serious injury or death.  A police officer’s use of force must be reasonable — bottom line. Often times, police reports and other documents do not include details concerning how much force was used and whether or not it was excessive or not. Here at The Norman Law Firm, we ensure the Courts consider all the circumstances, as they must, when deciding whether the police officer had violated the Fourth Amendment’s protection of the public from excessive force.

Whether the police officer’s actions were excessive is determined by using a reasonableness standard viewing the facts and circumstances of the specific situation confronting the officer. See Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386 (1989). Whether the force used is reasonable or not is determined by comparing the individual’s right to be free from unlawful seizures with the countering interest of officer and public safety.

Factors that are weighed when deciding whether an officer has used excessive force include:

  • the amount of force used (including use of a Taser or other weapon)
  • whether there was probable cause for the initial arrest
  • the seriousness of the crime
  • whether the suspect poses an immediate threat to the officer and general public
  • whether the individual is complying with the officers requests, resisting, or fleeing.

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DC Excessive Force

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 If you believe you have been a victim of Excessive Force, Contact Us immediately.