Unfortunately, “false arrest” is a term we hear quite frequently. Black’s Law Dictionary defines “false arrest” as “an unlawful restraint and/or imprisonment of a person.” In 2015, allegations arose that police officers in Dothan, Alabama were conducting false arrests, which included planting evidence in some cases dating as far back as the early 1990’s. It was also reported that the officers belonged to “racial extremist” groups as defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center and that the officers specifically targeted young black men.
Other officers in the department filed complaints, wrote letters, and notified internal affairs of the rogue officers’ behavior, yet nothing was done to combat the activity. Some of the young men who were falsely detained are still incarcerated. While some doubt has been cast on the claims, the investigation is still ongoing. False arrests are not just made in Dothan but are prevalent throughout Alabama and the United States. When false arrest claims are substantiated, the government may be on the hook for compensating those victims whose civil rights were violated.
HOW THE MAXWELL LAW FIRM CAN HELP
Civil rights cases require significant trial experience. We believe in our clients and we fight for justice. The Maxwell Law Firm has the seasoned staff – from our attorneys to our investigators – and financial resources to aggressively prosecute such cases.
In civil rights cases, it is especially important that a client finds an attorney they feel comfortable with, have confidence in and can fully trust. There will come a time when you must decide whether to resolve your case through settlement or take it to trial. At that point, confidence and trust in your attorney is essential. Over the years, The Maxwell Law Firm has helped numerous survivors of excessive force take back their lives and embark on the healing process that leads to recovery.