Police brutality is a serious issue that many cities ins the United States face. One city that has had a couple of instances of police brutality that has appeared on the news is Las Vegas, Nevada.

One of the most famous instances of police brutality that occurred in Las Vegas was in 2017, when the police shot an unarmed man named Tashii Brown. Brown had approached a police officer for help in front of the Venetian Casino, but then was tased seven times and then placed in a chokehold by the police officers. The entire incident was caught on camera and shocked the nation. Brown’s family filed a lawsuit against the Las Vegas Police Department, and as of 2020, settled for around 2 million. The officer responsible for placing Brown in a chokehold was charged with manslaughter.

Have you Faced Police Brutality in Las Vegas?

If you or a loved one believe that you have faced police brutality in Las Vegas, give our Las Vegas attorneys a call today to discuss your incident. Instances of police brutality could be very traumatic for the victim, and could lead to severe injuries that could have permanent lifelong effects. Unfortunately, police brutality could also lead to fatalities.

Another recent event that took the news by storm happened in 2020, when a Las Vegas police officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter after he used a neck restraint on a man who was suspected of stealing a vehicle. The man later died from his injuries.

The above examples are just a few examples of police brutality in Las Vegas. We currently need greater police accountability and reform in the system. Law enforcement should also step up to create regulations all across the country.

Examples Of Police Brutality

Police brutality could take place in several different ways. Some examples of police brutality may include:

  • Physical assault: Police officers may use excessive force and assault the victim during the time of arrest or questioning. This could result in physical injuries such as bruises, broken bones, and head injuries.
  • Use of lethal force: In some cases, police officers may use lethal force, such as shooting a suspect. There’s a test to determine if the use of lethal force was reasonable. If the officer believes that their lives are a danger, then they have the right to use lethal force. However, the Las Vegas Police Department has placed several regulations in place to determine exactly when to use lethal force.
  • Taser use: Although it may seem to cause minor injuries, tasers actually could cause physical injuries that may be permanent and alter a victim’s life forever. We have seen police officers in Las Vegas use a taser multiple times in certain encounters.
  • Racial profiling:  When police officers use excessive force for a certain characteristic of race or ethnicity, they most likely have engaged in racial profiling.
  • Sexual assault: Not only is sexual assault monitored by the police department, but there has also been an increase in sexual assault for police officers while they are off duty.
  • Verbal abuse: Police officers should not cuss or swear at the public during an encounter. Police officers should not also raise their voices unless they feel as though it is reasonable.
  • Retaliation:  There are cases where police officers may engage in retaliation in the event that a complaint has been filed against them. For example, they may go after individuals who have filed that complaint.

The above-mentioned examples are just some examples of police brutality that has occurred in Las Vegas. If you have been a victim of any of the above circumstances, give us a call today. Our attorneys want to ensure that those who have violated our clients’ rights are held accountable for their actions.

Police Brutality Injuries

Police brutality can result in a wide range of injuries, which could be very serious, and even result in death. The types of injuries that can occur depending on the circumstances of the encounter, what force the officer used, and how vulnerable the victim was at the time of the encounter.

Some common injuries that may result from police brutality are broken bones, scarring, back injuries, head injuries, internal bleeding, nerve damage, and disfigurement. In a majority of cases, police brutality can also lead to psychological trauma, such as anxiety, fear, and depression.

What Will Our Las Vegas Police Brutality Attorneys Do?

A police brutality lawyer is an attorney representing victims of police brutality in Las Vegas. We provide legal assistance to those who have suffered physical, emotional, or financial harm due to police misconduct.

Some steps that our attorneys will take to make sure that you get the right legal representation are:

  • Investigate the incident: We will investigate the encounter between the victim and the police officer.  Any type of evidence will help our attorneys when trying to piece together exactly what happened.  For example,  we will review photos of the incident location, and videos of the incident location, review any police reports that were generated, look into the victim’s history,  and interview any witnesses that may have seen or heard the encounter.
  • Assessing the victim’s damages: We will examine what type of damages you deserve. For example, if you have taken time off work to heal from your physical injuries, you most likely will be able to receive lost wages. If you have thousands of dollars in medical bills because of the treatment for the injuries you have suffered, you are able to get your medical bills compensated.
  • Filing a lawsuit: We will help you file a lawsuit against the government entity or individual that led you to suffer such injuries.
  • Negotiating a settlement agreement: After filing a lawsuit and conducting discovery to piece together exactly what happened and the police officer’s history, we will then resort to settlement negotiations.

Las Vegas Police Brutality Regulations

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) has recently put in many policies and regulations to correct their prior response in the past and to prevent any injuries or fatalities caused by police brutality. There was a push for reform by the community, along with several government officials themselves. This led to the establishment of several key policies in place today.

  • Use of Force Policy: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has a Use of Force policy that determines in exactly what types of situations the police officers could use force. The policy also tells the officers what type of force could be used, and when it could be used. Further, for every use of force, Las Vegas police officers must document exactly what happened in a report.
  • Body-Worn Camera Policy: All Las Vegas metropolitan police officers must wear body cameras while on duty. The cameras will assist in the event of a police brutality lawsuit. The camera footage is also a key piece of evidence that our attorneys will request when filing a lawsuit.
  • Professional Standards Division: The Las Vegas Police Department has a Professional Standards Division that will look into and investigate all instances of police misconduct that have been filed against the department. This division will look into the officer’s history, review all the evidence themselves, and determine if the officer deserves any repercussions.
  • Community-Oriented Policing: The Las Vegas Police Department has also tried to use Community policing, which increases the level of communication between the community and the officers. This is meant to make the community feel at ease when speaking to officers.

Las Vegas Police Brutality Attorneys – Call Today

At Heidari Law Group, we understand that police brutality is a serious issue that can have devastating consequences for victims and their families. As experienced police brutality attorneys in Las Vegas, we are committed to fighting for the rights of those who have been wronged by law enforcement. We provide personalized attention and aggressive representation to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they deserve. Our team of dedicated lawyers are here to support you every step of the way and to help you seek justice for the harm that has been done. If you or a loved one have been a victim of police brutality, contact us today to schedule a consultation with our skilled and compassionate attorneys.

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