Police Brutality Lawyers

Elliot R. Zinger, P.C. has over 35 years of experience representing individuals who have suffered all types of police brutality & misconduct.  We have obtained large settlements for our clients and helped them get their lives back. We take care of our clients on a personal level, and we will tirelessly prepare and aggressively litigate for your rights to compensation.

Chicagoland is notorious for the rate of misconduct among police officers. If your civil rights have been violated you may feel helpless and unable to defend yourself. Many victims of police brutality and corruption refrain from taking action to assert their rights out of fear of retaliation and further abuse, while others whose complaints to the police department have been disregarded and not taken seriously.

The following actions can be considered police misconduct:

  • Excessive force
  • Unjustified deadly force
  • False arrest
  • Illegal detention
  • Illegal searches
  • Jail custody abuse
  • False charges of resisting arrest or assaulting a police officer
  • Misuse of police dogs

Know Your Civil Rights

Title 42, Section 1983 of the United States Code provides that anyone who violates an individual's civil rights while acting under color of law is liable to the victim for damages, and you may be able to use this legal protection to recover a settlement, as well as to secure the support of the judicial system in punishing the officer who brutalized you. Police officers are sworn to protect citizens, yet there are many cases of wanton cruelty and abuse against innocent victims. Even in an arrest, an officer is rigidly limited in the amount of duress that is acceptable, and the use of excessive force is not allowed.

Police Brutality -- A Chicagoland Problem

The victims of police brutality experience not only the pain and suffering of the beating and abuse, but also the emotional trauma of being deprived of their human dignity. You deserve to be compensated for the actions of the police officer(s) who violated your rights, as well as for any others whose failure to intervene allowed the attack to continue.