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Police Brutality / Shooting Lawyers in Raleigh

North Carolina Civil Rights Attorneys Protecting Victims of Police Brutality

Police brutality and officer-involved shootings have become two of the nation’s leading hot-button issues. With boisterous attention being given to these matters, advocates and civil rights proponents have helped reshape many laws and policies regarding law enforcement, their relationships with the communities they’re obligated to protect and serve, and the ways in which they address various matters of enforcement to ensure public safety and bolster the rights of individuals and families who bring civil claims against law enforcement and other public entities accused of wrongdoing.

As a Raleigh-based law firm with a national reputation for protecting the rights of the injured and the wronged throughout North Carolina and beyond, Edwards Kirby is committed to tackling even the toughest civil rights cases. Our attorneys have dedicated careers to social justice and civil rights, and are not afraid to employ the experienced, aggressive, and resourceful approach these claims require.

Why Edwards Kirby?

  • 25+ Years Fighting for Victims Across NC and the Nation
  • Led by Two of the Country’s Most Acclaimed Litigators (John Edwards, David Kirby)
  • Record-Setting Verdicts and Settlements in a Range of Complex Civil Cases
  • Prioritization of Personal Attention & Client-Focused Legal Services

Our award-winning legal team at Edwards Kirby is led by two of the most respected and highly acclaimed litigators in America: former U.S. Senator John Edwards and David Kirby. With careers dedicated to protecting the injured, the wronged, and the voiceless, our attorneys can help protect your rights following police brutality or an officer-involved shooting, and help you explore your options for the legal journey ahead.

Learn more about your rights and available options during a free consultation. Your case is important not only to the pursuit of justice and compensation you deserve, but also the need for continued progress and accountability in our civil justice system. Call (919) 335-7005.

Civil Lawsuits Over Police Brutality / Police Shootings

Law enforcement officers have difficult and commendable jobs, and many of them uphold the high standards of professionalism and ethical conduct required of their posts under the most stressful of situations. Unfortunately, as many movements, studies, and statistics make abundantly clear, not every officer or agency meets those standards, however. Their failures to do so can have profound, permanent, and life-altering consequences – both for the individuals and families they’ve harmed, and for the communities which lose faith and trust in those who are supposed to protect.

Police brutality and police misconduct can take many different forms, including:

  • Personal injury or wrongful death of victims at the hands of any law enforcement agency or public law enforcement entity.
  • Unnecessary or excessive use of physical violence, including excessive / unnecessary use of non-lethal weapons such as taser guns.
  • Degrading, unnecessary, and unlawful searches and seizures;
  • Sexual assault and emotional or psychological abuse committed by law enforcement;
  • Coercion, extortion, and misuse of police power to compel individuals into certain acts, admissions, or matters they did not wish to make or take part in;
  • Profiling or misconduct based on race, gender, national origin or other biased behavior;
  • Officer-involved shootings in matters of mistaken identity, excessive use of lethal force, and in matters when non-lethal options or more appropriate steps could and should have been taken.

Your Rights as a Victim: Making Your Voice Heard

If you or someone you love believe you have been a victim of police brutality in any form, you may have the right to pursue a civil lawsuit against the individual officer, agency, and / or public entity that failed to adhere to established rules and protocol, or which failed to ensure the safety of communities and the public by hiring, retaining, or covering up the misconduct of certain employees. Determining what constitutes brutality, excessive force, or misconduct in any case requires a personalized assessment of the individual facts and circumstances involved, and the underlying acts or force used in relation in to the situation, by knowledgeable attorneys who know the standards in place and the rights of individuals.

While police brutality and shooting cases often make for complex and often hotly contested claims, they can provide victims with an opportunity to make their voices heard, and allow them to seek justice and compensation for their resulting damages. That includes various economic and non-economic damages they and their loved ones may have incurred, such as:

  • Medical bills and future medical expenses;
  • Lost wages and lost future earnings / earning potential;
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish, embarrassment, and mental anguish;
  • Grief and other psychological or emotional injuries.

Thought victims of injustice have a right to recover damages and make their voices heard, it is an unfortunate fact that many defendants – including the government itself – leverage their power and resources to prevail in claims brought against them by less-powerful individuals. Overcoming this hurdle, and other challenges involving the unique rules and procedures inherent to civil claims made against public entities, requires the help and support of committed and experienced advocates. At Edwards Kirby, our attorneys have staked their careers and reputations on leveling the playing field for the everyday American – even when they face off against powerful defendants like local, state, or even federal law enforcement.

Call (919) 335-7005 to Speak with a North Carolina Police Brutality Lawyer

Edwards Kirby is available to speak with victims and families throughout Raleigh and the state of North Carolina, as well as victims or legal counsel in other states who seek assistance in these challenging, high-stakes, and often high-profile cases. Our firm has been recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in personal injury and in cases involving difficult concepts of civil rights abuses – and we’re readily available to help you begin exploring your rights and ways we can help.

Learn how we can fight for you by calling (919) 335-7005 or contacting us online for a FREE and confidential consultation.

  • Inner Circle of Advocates
    This is a rare and exclusive legal honor limited to the top 100 attorneys in the US, and we are proud to have John Edwards and David Kirby included.
  • U.S. News Best Law Firm
    We are proud to be included in this prestigious list of law firms, selected for both quality of practice and extent of legal experience and skill.
  • SuperLawyers
    This rating service honors attorneys who have achieved a high level of professional achievement and peer recognition. Selected attorneys are included in Super Lawyers® magazine’s list.
  • AV Preeminent
    This highly prestigious honor is reserved for attorneys who are nominated by both clients and peers in a range of categories, including Quality of Service, Legal Experience, and more.
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    This prestigious organization aims to continuously build upon a foundation of legal ethics and high technical standards for civil trial attorneys. We are proud to have membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates.
  • Legal Elite
    This honor, awarded by Business North Carolina magazine, recognizes the state’s top business and employment lawyers, as selected by their peers in a statewide ballot.
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers is extended only to the top 1% of attorneys in a given state or providence. Our firm is proud to have members of this prestigious North American organization.
  • International Society of Barristers
    The International Society of Barristers aims to encourage fellowship, ethics, and advocacy excellence. We are proud to have attorneys who are Fellows of the Society, committed to the highest level of integrity and civility.
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
    Attorney John Edwards has been included in this invitation only group of the premier trial lawyers in each state.
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
    Attorneys Cate Edwards, Winston Kirby and Mary Kathryn Kurth were named "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers.
  • Lawyers of Distinction
    Attorney Cate Edwards has been selected for this prestigious award after undergoing a stringent evaluation process based on peer recognition, past results, and reputation. Only the top 10% of attorneys in each state are selected to the final list.