The police exist to ensure that everyone in society follows the rules of society. Their primary purpose is to protect the innocent and the vulnerable from those who might injure or otherwise take advantage of them.
But like everyone, police officers can sometimes make mistakes by injuring innocent bystanders by accident, by using excessive force, or by making wrongful arrests. The police are not above the law, and if you feel you have been mistreated, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
What is reasonable force?
If you are stopped by the police, there are certain procedures and rules that they must follow in their interaction with you. They must, first of all, identify themselves as a police officer and tell you why they have stopped you in order to give you a chance to explain yourself. They must only use force when strictly necessary, and this force must only be reasonable.
Reasonable force basically means the minimum amount of force needed in order to control a crowd situation, or detain a suspect who is trying to escape. A police officer should never be violent towards you in any way unless you have behaved in a threatening manner, or unless you try to run away from their interrogation.
How to prove unreasonable force
If you feel you have been mistreated by the police, there are several things you can do to help support your case. As soon as the incident has happened, you should proceed to a doctor’s surgery or to A&E for a full examination and documentation of your injuries. Before leaving the scene, make sure to look around for any possible witnesses. If there are any, ask if they would be willing to be your witness and take down their details. The incident may also have been captured on CCTV.
If you feel that you have been treated unreasonably causing you mental trauma or physical injury, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. If you’d like to discuss your case in detail with one of our trained advisers, call Accident Advice Helpline for further information.
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Date Published: November 22, 2013
Author: David Brown