Police brutality

Minnesota Police Brutality Lawyers and Civil Rights Attorneys

Have you or a loved one been the victim of police brutality?

Has a police officer gotten out of hand and used too much force?

Kuhlman Law, PLLC is a law firm which focuses on police brutality civil rights cases in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and throughout the state of Minnesota and has obtained favorable settlements, success at trial, and at the U.S. Court of Appeals on behalf of victims of police brutality.  Christopher Kuhlman’s dedication to holding police officers accountable for unnecessarily harming citizens has helped numerous Minnesotans to vindicate their civil rights.

Excessive force by a police officer is against the law, but officers are rarely criminally prosecuted

While a police officer can be prosecuted in a court of criminal law for engaging in excessive force against a citizen, generally prosecutors are reluctant to charge police officers with crimes since they work with them on a daily basis to gather evidence against criminal defendants and to enforce the state’s laws.  If a police officer commits a crime that is serious and results in significant harm to an individual, a prosecutor can present the facts to a grand jury and leave the matter in the grand jury’s hands to charge the officer.

As recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and throughout the country have demonstrated, though, there can be inherent bias in a prosecutor’s presentation of the facts to the grand jury which can lead to a failure to indict the officer.

Civil rights cases create another option for victims of police brutality to hold police officers accountable

Citizens cannot instigate criminal cases against police officers who unreasonably assault civilians, only prosecutors can.  Thus, most citizens’ only recourse against a police officer who has used excessive force is to pursue a civil rights claim for damages.  While citizen can bring common law personal injury claims against a police officer such as battery or assault, one of the most effective tools in stemming police misconduct and holding police officers accountable for their conduct is to pursue a federal civil rights claim against the officer.

To prevail under a civil rights claim in Minnesota, a citizen must prove that an individual police officer:

  • Who was acting under color of state law;
  • Caused
  • A deprivation of a citizen’s federally protected rights.

A citizen pursuing a civil rights claim under 42 U.S.C. §1983 for police brutality usually alleges that the police officer’s conduct violated the citizen’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

Contact Kuhlman Law, PLLC if you have been the victim of police brutality

If you have been unnecessarily injured by the police, subjected to excessive force, or have been the victim of police brutality in Minnesota contact Kuhlman Law, PLLC today.  If we are successful in proving your civil rights claim, you may be entitled to monetary damages to compensate you for your injuries, emotional harm, pain and suffering and punitive damages to punish the officer for his or her conduct.  We handle cases in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Richfield, the entire metro area and thoughout the state.

To learn more and to discuss your case with Experienced Minnesota Police Brutality Lawyer Christopher Kuhlman, call (612) 349-2747 for a free consultation.