my best friend was shot in the back by an officer while running with his hands up. initially one of the 2 cops on the scene thought my friend shot himself until the 2 cop admitted to shooting him and said he didn't know why he shot him. now my friend wants to file a complaint while in jail but were unsure how to go about it. any leads will be appreciated
Your friend should contact an attorney who practices in the field of civil rights. The attorney will want to see any police reports that were a part of your friend's criminal case, and any medical reports detailing and evidencing your friend's injuries. Your friend needs to act quickly, because the statute of limitations will bar his claim if he waits too long.
Contacting an attorney from prison can be difficult, so, if you're willing to act as a go-between at first, you can be a person who refers an attorney to him. If that attorney ultimately doesn't work out, he can either make recommendations for alternatives, or you can continue to look for other counsel.
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This is a classic civil rights case. Your friend needs to contact a lawyer who can review all the facts in detail. There is no shortcut.
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