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Several officers face separate allegations of police brutality

Every day countless Arizona residents benefit from the services provided by public servants. Unfortunately, there are instances that arise when some officers are accused of engaging in police brutality and other wrongful actions. Recently, there were reports that several officers in another state are facing these types of allegations in separate incidents.

The prosecutor in these cases has indicated that the charges will be upheld and the men will all be held accountable for their actions. One of the accused was a state police officer who is facing second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges after he fired a taser at a minor who was riding an ATV at the time. The victim then wrecked the machine and was killed in the crash. Two other police officers were arraigned on charges of beating victims during their arrests.

The first officer reportedly struck a store customer in the face with his baton which caused the victim to lose several teeth. The officer was working as a private security guard during the incident but was wearing his police uniform at the time. The second officer was accused of excessively beating a man who was intoxicated at a gas station and purportedly posed no threat at the time. The victim was beaten and kicked repeatedly according to video evidence that was later recovered.

The last two officers are currently suspended with pay though the Detroit police chief is seeking to suspend their pay while their cases are being resolved. Allegations of police brutality are a serious matter as it violates the trust that the community invests in those sworn to protect them from such violence. Arizona residents who have been a victim of this type of crime are entitled to seek justice and compensation for their monetary damages. An experienced attorney could provide assistance gathering information that supports a valid claim for relief.

Source: freep.com, "Two Detroit police officers arraigned in excessive force cases", Allie Gross, Dec. 21, 2017

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