You should look for a civil rights or personal injury attorney who specializes in filing law suits against government entities. Suing the government is more complex than suing the average private citizen. Make sure that you specify this to the attorney(s) you contact. Good luck.
You need a civil rights attorney if you are looking to sue the police for money damages. If you are looking at defending your son in criminal court, then a juvenile criminal defense attorney is needed.
The above information does not establish an attorney client relationship nor is it meant to provide legal advice.
You want to know the type of lawyer to contact regarding "excessive force" used by a SDPD officer in which your 16 year old son's nose was broken.
It is not clear why the police were involved and whether any arrest was made. However, an officer can only use reasonable force to subdue and/or arrest a suspect while performing his duties and to protect himself and others in the vicinity. This is a judgment call, but anything beyond a minimum force may be characterized as police brutality.
Ordinarily, personal injury attorneys handles such cases, but it is true that civil rights lawyers do as well. An important element to keep in mind is that a government "claim" must be timely filed in order to bring a lawsuit.
You and your son should not delay in contacting a lawyer to discuss all of the facts and circumstances.
I agree with my colleagues. A personal injury attomey can help, and you must file an appropriate government claim with the correct governmental entity in a timely fashion or else your rights will be waived.