Fighting For People Who Have Been Hurt By The Police
At Ives & Flores, P.A., we are committed to holding law enforcement officers accountable for their actions and fighting against police misconduct. Police misconduct refers to illegal or unethical behavior by a law enforcement officer, including the use of excessive force, sexual assault, discrimination, and corruption. The attorneys at Ives & Flores, P.A. represent individuals and families who are victims of police brutality and police misconduct. We help clients who have been harmed by law enforcement or whose loved ones have had their lives taken by the police to secure the compensation that they deserve.
Police officers who perceive threats to public safety always have options available to handle those threats competently and lawfully. Unfortunately, some officers overstep the law or fail to meet the requirements of the job.
Understanding The Problem
Police misconduct happens when a law enforcement officer engages in violent or illegal behavior. Some common types of misconduct include:
- Excessive force—police beatings, shootings, Tasing, and use of impact projectiles.
- Unlawful searches and seizures—when the police search a person, vehicle, or home, or when they seize property without a warrant or the necessary legal justification.
- False arrest and false imprisonment—when the police arrest and hold someone without the necessary legal justification.
- Illegal vehicle stops.
- Failure to conduct a proper investigation—when a crime has been committed but the police don’t properly investigate the matter, allowing the criminal to keep hurting others.
- Malicious prosecution—when the police file charges without probable cause.
Victims of police misconduct may be entitled to compensation for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been a victim of police misconduct, our experienced attorneys at Ives & Flores can help you seek justice and hold the responsible parties accountable.
A Pattern Of Police Brutality
It is well-documented that the Albuquerque Police Department frequently engages in excessive force. In recent years, Albuquerque has had the second-highest rate of fatalities by police shootings of any city in the nation. In 2014, a federal Department of Justice investigation found that insufficient oversight, inadequate training, and ineffective policies contribute to the use of excessive force by APD officers. But police brutality and other forms of wrongdoing are not limited to Albuquerque, and such misconduct occurs throughout the state. The consequences of police misconduct are devastating, in the form of death, physical injury, property loss, loss of liberty, and harm to a person’s dignity, as well as a sense of betrayal by the very people who are supposed to protect us.
Our Attorneys Will Investigate Police Brutality And Civil Rights Violations Statewide
From our law offices in Albuquerque, our lawyers will investigate false arrest and bodily injury cases involving police departments throughout New Mexico as well as federal forces such as the U.S. Border Patrol when appropriate or other types of civil rights violations.
If you or a loved one have been harmed by police misconduct, the attorneys at Ives & Flores, P.A. will fight for you. We understand that coming forward and speaking out about police misconduct can be intimidating, especially because the perpetrator is an officer of the law. Our attorneys will provide you with the support and representation you need to confidently and effectively pursue a claim. To find out how we can help, schedule a free consultation by calling 505-364-3858 or by filling out our sending a message online today.