Both Federal and Georgia State laws protect all people from certain actions by police or government officers. The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees that all citizens are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. Additionally, federal laws like 42 U.S.C. § 1983 provide a way to file a lawsuit if one of your rights has been violated by a cop or government actor.
Lawsuits against police officers can include those for excessive force or police brutality, being falsely arrested or being arrested without the officer having any probable cause, and other more blatant or even criminal misconduct by a police officer. The facts and circumstances surrounding your encounter with the police will be the most important aspect of your case. In general, successful lawsuits against police officers can be very difficult to come by and the time and resources put into the cases can by high.
If you have been arrested or had an encounter with a police officer and feel that a violation of your rights has occurred, please contact me directly through the contact form on this website or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.