More than ever, victims of police misconduct are taking a stand and seeking legal support. It is not uncommon for police officers to make mistakes, from minor misinterpretations of the law to racial discrimination. And you have the right to take legal action against a law enforcement agency if you believe you rights were violated.
In Ontario, police conduct is governed by the Criminal Code of Canada, Police Services Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It can include:
Abuse of probable cause during searches and seizures
False arrests and imprisonments where an individual is deprived of their liberty
Use of excessive force
Selective enforcement practices where a police officer targets a specific demographic
Sexual harassment and abuse during an arrest and while an individual is detained
Off-duty misconduct where a police officer abuses their position for personal gain
The killing of dogs unjustly
Knowingly violating departmental procedures
Preventing an individual from recording on public property
If you are the victim of police misconduct, it is important to document everything surrounding the events in order to prove your case. Documentation can detail specific times, locations, the context of the situation, and any police officers and witnesses involved. If you were unable to get an officer’s badge number or plate numbers, the approximate time and location is enough to identify the officer in question.
Hartman Law encourages you to contact our civil rights attorneys for police misconduct. We can explain your legal options and help you determine if you have a case. We will work with you to identify what laws were violated, what legal options are available to you, and the necessary course of action to pursue them.