Police Misconduct: When Law Enforcement Officers Abuse Their Power
In the state of Ohio, law enforcement officers take an oath to uphold the national and state constitutions. When a police officer abuses that power, that police misconduct violates and corrodes public trust. I am attorney Konrad Kircher, and I have been practicing law for more than 30 years. For more than 20 years, I have been helping victims hold assailants accountable in civil court. I founded Kircher Law, LLC, in Maineville to advocate on behalf of victims’ rights in civil lawsuits.
The Police Code Of Ethics In Ohio
The state of Ohio requires law enforcement officers to adhere to a code of ethics. This code of ethics states that an officer must perform their duties impartially and without favoritism or ill will. It also requires that their duties be performed without discrimination based on sex, status, religion, race or political belief. It further states that citizens should be treated with courtesy, dignity and consideration. Violations of this code of ethics also violate the civil rights of the individuals they are supposed to be protecting.
Police Misconduct And Violations Of Civil Rights
With increased technology, such as body cameras and smartphones, it is easier than it used to be to hold law enforcement officers accountable for their actions. Types of police misconduct that violate civil rights include:
- Illegal searches and seizures
- The use of excessive force
- Police shootings
- Sexual assault
- A failure to obtain medical care or inadequate jail or prison conditions
Prior to my legal career, I served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. I learned firsthand about hand-to-hand combat and the use of force. I am also not afraid to look a police officer in the eye and call them out for their behavior or for a violation of their code of ethics. As a civil rights lawyer, I work to hold law enforcement officers accountable for their actions and behavior.
Schedule A Consultation With A Civil Rights Attorney
Kircher Law, LLC, offers a free initial consultation and case assessment. To schedule an appointment, call my office at 888-725-0811 or send me an email using my online form. I look forward to hearing your story and telling you more about how I can help you with your case.