How long is the statue of limitation on police brutality?
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You are probably too late. Government claims must be filed within 6 months, and any lawsuit within one year. There are some exceptions, and there may be longer statutes of limitation, but I don't know of any that are as long as 8 years. Talk to a civil rights attorney in your area for an in person consultation.
Claims against government entities in California are subject to special claims procedures with exceptionally short limitations period. Generally, a lawsuit cannot be filed against the government entity until the claims procedure has been exhausted.
The right set of facts can equitably toll the statute of limitations, but they would have to be extraordinary to excuse an 8-year delay.
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Typically, the statute of limitations for personal injury actions is 2 years. If the injury was not discovered right away, the limitations period is 1 year from the date of discovery.