Use of Excessive Force by Police Officers
Only Reasonable ForceWhether or not you are guilty of any crime, police officers do not have the right to use an excessive amount of force against you. The police can not use more than a reasonable amount of force necessary to make a lawful arrest. If they use excessive force, they have violated your civil rights. It is not the police officer's job to mete out your punishment on the street; it is his or her job to apprehend law breakers and allow the justice system to decide on the punishment.
What is Unreasonable ForcePolice officers can not use force against a person who complies with their orders. Once in handcuffs, the police can not hit you, kick you or use a weapon against you. If they do, they have violated your constitutional right to be free of excessive force.
What You Can Do If You Have Been Subjected to Excessive ForceTry finding out whether there is a civilian complaint board in your locale. If there is, file a complaint against the officer. In addition, you can hire a lawyer to bring a federal Section 1983 action on your behalf. Make sure the lawyer has the ability and the willingness to take on the police. Not many do.