Did the police use excessive force in your arrest?

If you were arrested by an officer who used more force than is considered reasonable for the situation, your criminal defense attorney can help fight for you. Excessive use of force, wrongful arrest, or other misuse of power by an arresting officer is a violation of your rights.

The use of force is regulated by the following laws:

  • Officers are allowed to use force as necessary to make arrests and defend themselves
  • Officers are allowed to use more force on a suspect who resists arrest than one who is compliant
  • Officers may use deadly force if a threat to their lives or safety exists
  • The accepted amount of force an officer may use against a suspect who flees depends on whether the apparent offense was a misdemeanor or a felony

Police officers in Chicago have recently come under fire for the use of excessive force, most notably in the case of Philip Coleman, who passed away after being tasered and dragged, while handcuffed, out of his cell and down the hallway while in custody. A judge ruled last week that Chicago officers used excessive force and are liable for all damages.

If you believe you have suffered abuse at the hands of a law enforcement officer who used excessive force during your arrest, processing, or custody, contact the Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Pfeifer & Pfeifer, Attorneys at Law to learn about your legal options.


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