New Mexico police officers take an oath to safeguard the lives and property in their communities. Part of their oath includes a promise to respect the constitutional rights of the people they serve. Sadly, not every officer who takes the oath upholds it. Many people have suffered severe injuries and have had their civil rights violated at the hands of those who were sworn to protect them.
If you suffer injuries because a police officer abused his or her status, the law provides recourse for you to seek restitution in court. There is no excuse for any law enforcement officer to break the oath to serve and protect people. They should and can be held accountable for their actions.
What constitutes a civil rights violation regarding interaction with police?
The following list includes several issues that may be grounds for filing a legal claim against a police officer who has violated your civil rights:
- Misuse of position occurs if a police officer uses his or her status to threaten or coerce you, such as to engage in sexual activity.
- A police officer cannot violate your right to privacy, protected under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, such as by conducting an unlawful search or seizure or making a false arrest.
- Police may not physically abuse people by excessive force.
If any of these things have happened to you, you can seek justice in court. It is helpful to rely on legal support from an attorney with experience in civil rights litigation.
Police brutality is not OK
When a New Mexico police officer abuses his or her power, it can have devastating results. The Law Office of Ryan J. Villa provides legal guidance and support for those who have been a victim of police brutality or other unlawful conduct by a law enforcement officer. You do not have to handle proceedings on your own and should not hesitate to reach out for support.