Excessive Force


Missouri Police Brutality Lawyers

At Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, we represent people who have suffered injuries as the result of police brutality and the use of excessive force. We have a record of success in this area of law and the determination to get results for our clients.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries during the course of an arrest, we will fight to help you obtain the compensation, justice and dignity you deserve.

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You must take action to protect your rights if you or a loved one have been the victim of excessive force.

Our firm will act immediately to preserve evidence in your case, including video, dispatch audio recordings, 911 calls and other information of use in your case. We will also interview witnesses and conduct other investigations to document what exactly happened. Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard will work diligently to build a strong case designed to obtain compensation and justice for you.

Damages in a police brutality case can include medical costs, past and future lost wages, and non-economic losses such as pain and suffering.

What a Police Officer Can and Can’t Do

Police officers have a difficult job. However, that does not relieve them of their legal and constitutional obligations to the public they are supposed to protect. There is a “continuum of force” that police are required to use, extending from the officer’s presence, to verbal command, to physical control, to use of a taser, baton or other non-deadly weapon and ultimately to deadly force. This means that if an officer cannot subdue a person, the officer is allowed to go to the next level of force that is appropriate for the situation. It does not allow an officer to use a taser for example, on a person who is already handcuffed. A law enforcement officer can use deadly force only under extremely limited circumstances, and when all other options have been exhausted.

Police abuse cases are legally and factually challenging. Government entities and their employees are generally protected from liability by sovereign immunity. Law enforcement officers are extremely protective of their fellow officers. When there is an allegation of wrong doing, they will circle the wagons to protect their own. It takes experience and legal know how to get around these obstacles.

Often, we go beyond the wrongful acts of the officers themselves, to attack the municipalities for failing to properly train and supervise their officers. Police brutality often happens when management creates an atmosphere of invincibility where officers don’t think anyone is going to hold them accountable. Our job is to make sure they are held accountable for their actions, and to shine a light on abusive and negligent practices.

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