Police Shootings

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In 2012, the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin began to make headlines. Since then, we have seen similar stories reach a national audience with regular frequency: the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina; of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio. The list goes on, and in each case, the deceased was unarmed at the time of their death.

When law enforcement officers elect to use lethal force in the field, they must have proper, urgent, and reasonable justification to do so. At Keffer Barnhart LLP, our dedicated and knowledgeable Indianapolis civil rights attorneys are well aware of the training and protocols law enforcement members must adhere to—and under what circumstances they have acted inappropriately. If you or a loved one has been unduly harmed during a police shooting, then we're ready to hear your story.

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How These Shootings Occur

Because firearms are considered a police officer's last resort to defend themselves and the public, law enforcement shootings occur relatively infrequently. Still, there are a number of different circumstances in which citizens are wrongly exposed to law enforcement gunfire.

Wrongful police shootings occur due to:

  • Lack of training and poor judgment
  • Law enforcement acting on wrong information (from dispatch, etc.)
  • Law enforcement's failure to identify themselves
  • Police brutality

Pure malevolence is rarely the circumstances in these cases, but they are nonetheless grievous mistakes that deserve to be rectified under the law. If you or a loved one have been hurt due to police gunfire, then you may have the grounds to pursue damages for your pain and suffering. Our advocates at Keffer Barnhart LLP can help assess the circumstances of your case and, if necessary, aggressively pursue the relief you deserve in civil court.

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