Fighting for justice is at the heart of what we are as a law firm; it is what we stand for; it is what we believe in our hearts; it is what led so many of us to become lawyers and to join this firm. We fight to hold those who violate the rights of others accountable for their actions, force policy changes and deter unlawful conduct.
The right to free speech, the right to free assembly, the right to be free from unlawful arrest, and the right to be free from excessive force, are fundamental rights protected by our Constitution. Police officers are meant to serve and protect these rights and freedoms. While many police officers are good at their jobs and uphold the peace, some law enforcement officials abuse their position of trust and power, and behave in ways that are inappropriate, illegal, and harmful.
When a police officer violates his duty to a citizen, it isn’t just the victim who is hurt. Society as a whole suffers. This is why of civil rights violators must be held accountable, whether they wear a badge or not — to discourage future such incidents from occurring.
All across the country people who have been lawfully exercising their rights to peacefully protest, have been met with disproportionate police reactions that include unlawful arrests and indiscriminately attacking crowds with tear gas, rubber bullets, and other projectiles that have caused serious injuries. This is no different in Ohio, where police have clashed with protesters in every major city including Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati.
If you have been injured at a peaceful protest, you may have a claim against the police and city for your physical injuries and the potential violation of your constitutional rights, including your First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful assembly.
If you have been injured while protesting:
- When you can, write down everything you remember, including the officers’ badge and patrol car numbers and the agency they work for.
- Get contact information for witnesses.
- Take photographs of any injuries.
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Our lawyers are passionate about standing up for your rights and pursuing justice for police misconduct, and our firm has years of experience taking on cities and successfully pursuing excessive force injury cases. If you have been injured at a peaceful protest, our attorneys are offering free, confidential case evaluations, and we can work with you to develop a plan to pursue justice for your injuries and the violation of your First Amendment rights.
Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC