Police officers and law enforcement officials have a responsibility to protect society and enforce the law. The public relies on police officers. They place their confidence in them to act appropriately, and most officers uphold that trust. However, in very rare instances, an officer may go too far, use too much force or make a bad decision that has tragic consequences.

Alan Ripka & Associates investigate lawsuits against police departments throughout the United States when a catastrophic injury or death is caused by unnecessary force, assault or a wrongful police shooting.

Our attorneys review cases involving:

  • Police Brutality or Excessive Use of Force
  • Inappropriate or Excessive Use of a Taser Gun
  • Wrongful Police Shooting
  • False Arrest
  • Other Police Negligence

To review a potential claim for a catastrophic injury suffered by yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation.


Despite advances in civil rights, police brutality and police misconduct continue to be problems in the United States. When an officer steps outside of the bounds of their authority and violates the civil rights of a citizen it has the potential to result in severe physical injury and it damages the public’s trust in police officers.

Police brutality lawsuits seek to obtain compensation for the victim and act as a safeguard in our society, ensuring that the appropriate standards for use of force are followed.

Police Brutality and Excessive Use of Force: Police officers are only permitted to use force in proportion to the situation at hand and the threat posed by another person. When excessive force is used that violates an individual’s civil rights, financial compensation may be available if it results in substantial physical injury or death.

Police Taser Lawsuits: Although many people believe that Taser Stun Guns only deliver non-lethal force, Amnesty International has linked at least 334 deaths to police Taser use. According to a report released by Amnesty, victims were unarmed and did not appear to present a serious threat in 90% of the Taser gun deaths they examined. Repeated shocking and excessive Taser use could cause permanent and potentially fatal injury, and Taser lawsuits can be filed as a result of inadequate training or inappropriate use of the stun guns.

Police Shooting Deaths: A weapon should only be drawn by a police officer as a last resort, and in situations where an officer negligently or intentionally injures or kills someone in an unjustified police shooting, compensation may be available through a police wrongful death lawsuit.

False Arrest or Wrongful Imprisonment: The police do not have unlimited authority to arrest or detain people. A police officer must have a reasonable suspicion and probable cause to detain someone for any length of time. Placing someone in prison or jail in an unjustified situation can result in serious financial or emotional damage for an individual.

While the horrors of police abuse are occasionally reported by the media in high profile instances, many cases of improper conduct are never investigated or pursued. Unfortunately, obtaining the evidence necessary to pursue a police brutality lawsuit can be difficult.


If you, a friend or family member have been a victim of police brutality, you should request a free consultation or call our 24-hour toll-free injury hotline at (84) GET-RIPKA to speak with an attorney. Even if you decide not to hire a lawyer, you should make sure you are aware of your legal rights.

There are no fees or expenses until we win your case. Every case has a time statute of limitations, so it is important that you make sure your legal rights are protected.

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