POLICE BRUTALITY

Police brutality is a civil rights violation that occurs when a police officer acts with excessive force by using an amount of force on a civilian that is more than necessary. Excessive force used by a law enforcement officer is a violation of a person’s rights under both the U.S. Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights. Excessive force is not subject to a precise definition, but it is generally beyond the force a reasonable and prudent law enforcement officer would use under the circumstances. Among the legal remedies available to the victim are monetary damages and/ or injunctive relief. Money would compensate the victim for the harm that they have suffered. Injunctions order the other party to start doing something they have not been doing, or to stop doing something they have been doing.