Governmental Liability, Police Liability, Section 1983 Claims
Under both Mississippi and Tennessee law, governmental entities (cities, counties, and state agencies) and their agents/employees are in large part protected from lawsuits based upon certain immunities provided to them by statute—more specifically the Mississippi and Tennessee Tort Claim Acts. However, there are certain exceptions to the general rule that must be thoroughly explored by an attorney that fully understands this area of the law.
There may also be federal claims available to an aggrieved citizen pursuant to certain provisions of the United States Constitution, as well as other federal statutes (Example: 42 U.S.C. § 1983). These federal laws are meant to protect ordinary citizens from the unlawful use of excessive force by government officials (jailors, police officers, etc.), as well as offer protection against government’s unreasonable search and seizure of their home or person.
At The Stroud Law Firm, we have a strong reputation for aggressively pursuing civil rights claims on behalf of our injured clients against government agencies. We have handled numerous claims, such as:
- Police misconduct or reckless conduct causing injury to citizens
- Law enforcement’s abuse of power
- Wrongful or unlawful search and seizure
- Police excessive force claims
- Police K9 dog bite claims
- Jailor excessive force claims
- Improper use of TASER or other weapon—resulting in injury or death
- Section 1983 claims
- Failure to enact adequate suicide prevention policies
- Failure to provide medical care in jails or detention facilities
- False arrest and imprisonment of innocent citizens
- High speed police chases resulting in injury or death
- Jailor misconduct and sexual abuse of inmates
- School bus or government vehicle accidents
- Civil rights violations
The United States Constitution and other state and federal laws provide certain protections to citizens from the use of unlawful and excessive force by law enforcement. These laws also provide us protection from oppressive and unreasonable governmental searches and seizures of our persons and our homes. When these fundamental rights are violated, the law provides legal recourse against such misconduct. The attorneys at The Stroud Law Firm have helped numerous clients obtain justice by means of compensation for violation of these Constitutional rights and for the injuries resulting from an officer’s use of excessive force. We have represented clients in a variety of such cases, including:
- Use of excessive force by arresting officers
- Inadequate suicide policies and procedures for jail facilities
- Inadequate “use of force” policies and procedures for jail facilities
- Unlawful arrest and detention of innocent citizens
- TASER abuse cases
If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of the actions of a government entity or its employees, contact us today.
The civil rights attorneys at The Stroud Law Firm understand what it takes to successfully navigate through the maze of immunities provided to these agencies, and we understand what you must prove in order to give your case every chance to succeed. We will work with you to insure that you are fairly compensated for your injury and that others like you are protected from the same type of governmental abuse in the future.