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Representing Victims of Police Misconduct in Pasadena, Glendale and All of Los Angeles County

Advocating for the rights of individuals victimized by excessive force and brutality

There is no common definition of excessive force when used by police to handle criminal suspects or inmates. Any force beyond what is necessary to arrest a suspect or handle a prisoner while keeping the police and public safe could be construed as excessive force. At Tedford & Associates, we hold officers, their training programs and their departmental supervisors accountable for the use of unnecessary force. We bring actions to obtain full and fair compensation for our injured clients. Police training programs are designed to ensure that officers act appropriately. But when adrenaline rushes and anger rises, they may fail to act professionally and give in to their emotions.

Some police officers are prone to violence. The National Institute of Justice published a report identifying psychological behaviors among police officers that would make them likely to employ excessive force. Their individual traits, training and supervision can all be factors and include:

  • Personality disorders
  • Emotional baggage from previous jobs
  • Inexperience and immaturity
  • Rigid patrol style
  • Personal problems

Whatever the reason, when police misconduct causes personal injury, we want to help. Our injury attorney can get to the bottom of the incident, cutting through the protective shield that often surrounds the police force. We relentlessly pursue the facts and evaluate the evidence, bringing in experts as needed to prove excessive force.

LA has a history of police brutality

The 1991 beating of Rodney King is perhaps the most well-known instance of police brutality. The beating was captured on video and aired. When the police officers involved were acquitted, riots ensued. Racial discrimination and profiling continue to contribute to police misconduct.

The LAPD sees its share of excessive force lawsuits, ranging from college students suing for Taser injuries to a finance executive beaten by a police officer during an extortion attempt. While the police are supposed to “protect and serve,” that isn’t always the case.

Police brutality can take many forms

While less than 1 percent of California’s police officers have been reported for excessive force and brutality, their actions are still reprehensible and can be illegal. According to The Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project’s 2010 Annual Report, there were:

  • 4,861 incident reports
  • 6,613 officers involved, including police chiefs and sheriffs
  • 6,826 alleged victims
  • 247 fatalities

The report also evaluated types of misconduct:

  • Excessive force — 23.8 percent
    • Physical force, including chokeholds, fist punches, strikes, throws, baton strikes, kicks and punches — 57 percent
    • Firearms — 15 percent
    • Taser — 11 percent
    • K9 — 2 percent
  • Sexual misconduct — 9.3 percent
  • Fraud/theft — 7.2 percent
  • False arrests — 6.8 percent
  • Drugs — 5 percent
  • Color of law — 4.8 percent
  • Raids/searches — 4.6 percent
  • Assault — 4.5 percent
  • Animal cruelty — 1.1 percent
  • Murder by physical force, shooting, stun gun and other means — 1 percent

It is important to report abuses by the police force and hold officers accountable for the injuries they cause. Civil and criminal charges may apply in these cases.

A wide range of injuries may result from police misconduct

Damages sustained depend on the type of misconduct perpetrated. The following is a brief list:

  • Death
  • Heart attack
  • Brain injury
  • Impaired breathing
  • Physical and emotional trauma
  • Loss of reputation
  • Loss of job

Contact us now to discuss your case in a free consultation if you were injured by police misconduct

Tedford & Associates seeks to protect the rights of those harmed by the excessive force and misconduct of police throughout Los Angeles County. Call us at 626.657.8854 or contact us online. We are conveniently located off the Foothill Freeway in Pasadena near the courthouse. We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no upfront legal fees.

Tedford & Associates
301 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 514
Pasadena, California, 91101 USA
626.657.8854