Police Shootings Minneapolis, MN
The excessive use of deadly force by police violates the Constitution. The Minneapolis, MN attorneys at Magna Law Firm are experienced in litigating complex civil rights cases. When police shootings result in wrongful death or serious injuries, we do everything in our power to achieve justice for victims and their families.
Your Minneapolis, MN Civil Right Experts
At Magna Law Firm we understand that lawsuits involving police shootings are different from ordinary lawsuits. This is because police have wide discretion to choose when and where to use force and the testimony of police officers carries great weight. Overcoming natural juror bias in favor of police officers can be a daunting prospect, requiring thoroughness, tenacity, and legal skill. Lawyers who are unfamiliar with the law surrounding the use of police force sometimes fail to recognize this, it’s important to have representation that specializes in civil rights cases and is an expert in Minnesota law; you can find that expertise at Magna Law Firm.
If a police officer (or his or her employer) is found to be legally responsible for an unjustified shooting, an attorney should also bear in mind the question of monetary damages that might be recovered. There are several categories of possible damages, and, as with questions of liability, proving damages require effort. Compensatory damages can be awarded to the victim of a police shooting for things like pain and suffering, past and future medical costs, and lost earnings. When a police shooting causes death, damages can also be sought on behalf of certain relatives in appropriate circumstances, for the loss of their loved one. In addition, punitive damages can be awarded against an officer if the officer is found to have acted with reckless disregard of the victim’s constitutional rights or if there is evidence of malice.
Magna Law attorneys know every case is different, but all these categories of damages should be considered, and an attorney should be diligent about considering the need to retain experts on subjects relating to physical injuries, past and future damages, and other issues that require the expertise of medical or economic experts.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a police shooting that resulted in serious injury or wrongful death, please contact the experts at Magna Law Firm at (763) 438-3032.