Civil Rights and Police Misconduct
The Constitution and laws of the United States, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the State of New Jersey guarantee that the rights of all citizens will not be violated by the government and its employees. Common civil rights violations are the use of excessive force or physical abuse by police officers, police canines (dogs), sheriffs, and prison guards. To cover police misconduct, citizens subjected to excessive force are often charged with crimes and held in detention. Citizens held in detention sometimes do not receive adequate medical care. Citizens whose civil rights have been violated suffer both physical and psychological harm, and when a citizen’s rights are violated by government actors, there are remedies available to the citizen to restore justice and to try to make the citizen whole. Claims against the government and its employees may be brought in federal or state court for physical abuse, false arrest, malicious prosecution and denial of medical care. Contact the Fenerty Law Firm if you have been the victim of government abuse and misconduct and we will help you obtain relief.