What To Do If You Have Been Beaten-Up or Falsely Arrested By The Police?

by Jerry L. Steering, Esq.

Some police officers really do bad things to people who don't deserve it. If the police get a call from your neighbor because you are arguing loudly with your spouse, don't be surprised if you find the police banging on your door, demanding their warrantless entry into, or your exiting, your home, and then detaining and handcuffing you. Moreover, when the police then do a "protective sweep" of your house, and you object to the same, don't be surprised if you are slammed against the wall or down onto the ground, beaten, tased or pepper sprayed by the police. Once the police cross that line and use force upon you, you are going to jai for some “resistance offense”; crimes that are so vague, that almost any conduct by one can be twisted into the truly innocent of having somehow “resisted” or “delayed” or “obstructed” a police officer - Cal. Penal Code § 148(a)(1) and felony "resisting", Cal. Penal Code § 69; today's crime du jour for the police. After all, if a police officer used force upon you, how would it look if he/she just let you go? Accordingly, the police arrest you and procure your malicious criminal prosecution, to shift the blame from them to you; for them having to use force upon you because you committed some crime. The police are not legal scholars, but they are taught from day one, that if you are convicted of such a "resistance offense", then you are now basically legally “precluded” from suing the police for their outrages perpetrated against you. Because the courts and District Attorneys are usually more than happy to help the police protect them from you, here's what you need to know if you are a victim of police misconduct.

What To Do If You Have Been Beaten-Up or Falsely Arrested By The Police?

by Jerry L. Steering, Esq.

PREFACE. In the movie, "A Few Good Men", Tom Cruise makes the statement: “A trial is an exercise in placing blame”. When the police use excessive force on civilians or otherwise violate their constitutional rights, they almost always arrest them for some “resistance offense”; crimes that are so vague, that the police can almost always claim that a total innocent somehow “resisted” or “delayed” or “obstructed” them in the performance of their duties; California Penal Code Section 148(a)(1). Accordingly, the police falsely arrest their victims, and procure their malicious criminal prosecutions, to shift the blame from them to their victim, for committing some crimes, that caused the officer to have to use force upon them. If you have been the victim of police misconduct, here is what you need to do . . .

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The most common reason for the police to beat you, falsely arrest you and procure your malicious criminal prosecution for a “Resistance Offense”, is when you “Fail the Attitude Test”; when you commit “Contempt of Cop”. “Contempt of Cop” is simply a civilian verbally questioning, challenging or protesting police actions. They procure your bogus criminal prosecution to shift the blame from them to you for their use of force upon you. Mr. Steering is an expert & specialist in defending bogus criminal “Contempt of Cop” (i.e. resisting arrest, battery on peace officer) cases, and in suing police officers for “Contempt of Cop” / "Bruised Ego" constitutional violations such as:

  • Excessive Force / Police Brutality
  • False Arrest (Cal. Penal Code §§ 69, 148(a)(1), 243(b))
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • First Amendment Whistle Blower Violations

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  • Butano v. County of Orange; U.S. District Court (L.A.); $727,500.00 final settlement for false arrest and unreasonable force;.
  • Jimenez v. County of San Diego, U.S. District Court (San Diego); $500,000.00 settlement for excessive force.
  • Montano v. USA; U.S. District Court (L.A.) 2015; $500,000.00 for wrongful death of dialysis patient.

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Civil Rights Lawyer Specializing in Police Misconduct and Criminal Defense; Suing Police Officers and Others for Violating Your Federal Constitutional Rights. Make the wrong step and you are out. We know where to step.

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