There is no doubt that many Illinois police officers go to work every day and do their best to protect the people of Illinois. However, there is also no doubt that a small minority of officers fail to act in the best interests of the people of Illinois. The wrongful death attorneys at Dolan Law, PC handle cases where the willful and wanton failure of police officers to make an arrest or failure to provide protection results in tragedy.
While, generally, the police cannot be held responsible for the failure to prevent a crime, they may be held liable if they acted deliberately in not preventing the crime. If, for example, the police have specific knowledge that an individual is dangerous, or if an arrest warrant has been issued and the police do not follow up and try to protect the public from that individual, they may be liable for their inaction.
Police officers may also be responsible for their actions if they selectively enforce the law based on race or if they deny police protection based on race. The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution provides people with the equal protection of the law. Plaintiffs who seek to recover damages must prove that the police officer intentionally denied protection to the individual or that the police officer was reckless or callously indifferent to the individual’s rights. Typically, the conduct must shock the conscience or offend the community’s sense of fair play and decency.
While this is a difficult standard to meet, it is also an incredibly important cause of action. Attorneys fight for the fundamental right of individuals to be equally protected by our law enforcement officials. We believe that police officers have the same duty to protect every inhabitant of this state and that no exceptions exist for race, religion, sex, or other differences. Our attorneys are committed to fighting for equality in the fundamentally important area of police protection.
If you have been hurt or a loved one has been killed, because of a police officer’s failure to protect, you should contact the attorneys at Dolan Law, PC who can help you with your civil rights, personal injury and wrongful death claims.
Many people fear dealing with the complex details of a personal injury case — compiling evidence, assessing future damages, negotiating with insurance companies and responding to complications, to name a few. But don’t let the complexities deter you from seeking the compensation you deserve. At Dolan Law, PC in Chicago, our lawyers handle all the details for you, so you can concentrate on your health and recovery. To learn more about the unparalleled support we provide clients, call [ln::phone] or contact us online and schedule a consultation.