my son was assaulted by sdpd over curfew and was sent to the er they almost broke his nose and there was witnesses to the assault they used excessive force and he is only 16 years old
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 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.
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