The Tucson, Arizona Police Department got this one right, as personal injury lawyers in Arizona who have handled police misconduct cases, we are often critical of the policies that police officers are required to follow. In other words, while most police officers do the best job they can and they put their lives on the line for all of us daily, there are certain policies that we question. While many misconduct cases have to do with rogue police officers and bad conduct on the part of individuals, sometimes it is not the officer but the policy that comes into question.
For instance, we have seen far too many innocent people killed due to high-speed chases that were unnecessary. In these cases, it is the policy of many police departments to allow high-speed chases of people who are not a danger to anybody else.
However, the recently reported sentencing of Jose Antonio Del Cid shows an example of a kind of high-speed chases that are probably necessary. In that case of armed road rage, a gun had been pulled and the police were pursuing the people who were in imminent danger to other innocent citizens in Tucson. The passenger in that vehicle was killed, and Mr. Del Cid was properly sentenced to more than 14 years in prison.
Thus, we use this as an example of why high-speed chases are the exception, but should not be the rule. Armed road rage and somebody pulling a gun raise obvious issues and, depending on a totality of the circumstances, will often require high speed police chases in Tucson, Arizona and throughout the state of Arizona. However, we continue to call for more discretion in the policies, that there be a banning of high-speed chases that do not involve drivers who are creating an imminent danger to other members of the public.
As Arizona lawyers who have helped people after police misconduct, we know that any case against police officers is very difficult. More importantly, we recognize that many people who perceive police abuse actually have no case and, in some cases, do not deserve to have a case. On the other hand, even those of us who support the police the strongest must recognize that there are certain bad police, certain bad officers, certain people that do not just put their lives on the line to protect us, but abuse the power that we entrust to them. However, deciding whether or not to bring a claim is extremely difficult when it comes to bringing a lawsuit against the police in Tucson, Phoenix, or anywhere in Arizona. Moreover, there is a lot of investigation that needs to be done and a lot of difficult questions that need to be answered.
Far too often, people assume that they have a case against the police, when in fact they do not and they would have been better off discussing the case with experienced trial lawyers who handle police misconduct cases. On the other hand, just as often in all likelihood, people assume they do not have a claim when there would have been sufficient evidence to show that the police violated their rights and should have been held accountable. It is only by keeping out that minority of corrupt police that we continue to ensure that the police on the streets are the ones that belong there.
If you have questions regarding possible police misconduct or police abuse, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions. We will give you an honest assessment as to whether or not the police have done anything wrong, and whether a claim actually exists. After that, there are still tough decisions that have to be made by each individual, and every family, as to whether or not it is worthwhile to pursue the claim.