Enforcing Your Civil Rights And Holding Police Accountable
Police officers and other government agents have broad powers and latitude to carry out their duties. But all too often they cross the line, trampling the rights of individuals or causing bodily harm to the very citizens they are sworn to protect and serve.
I am attorney Bob Butler. I represent people who have been the victims of police brutality, official misconduct, racial discrimination or other civil rights abuses. I also practice in criminal defense, with a special emphasis on civil rights violations that occur during traffic stops, arrests and searches.
Based in Bellingam, I handle civil rights cases in Whatcom County and throughout the state of Washington. Schedule a consultation by calling at 360-325-7242.
Victim Of Police Misconduct?
Whether you are suspected of a crime or you were simply a bystander or peaceful protester, you are guaranteed specific rights under the U.S. Constitution, the Washington State Constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other state and federal laws.
I can help you pursue a lawsuit against a city, county, state or federal law enforcement agency for misconduct or abuse of power that breached your civil rights such as:
- Excessive use of force
- Unwarranted deadly force (wrongful death)
- Injuries inflicted by K-9 police dogs
- Injuries stemming from rubber bullets or tear gas
- Sexual assault or stalking by a police officer
- Unlawful search and seizure
- False arrest/false imprisonment
- Trumped-up charges of “resisting arrest”
- Malicious prosecution
Police officers do have qualified immunity, but they cannot hide behind their badges for use of force that is excessive, arbitrary or punitive. If you suffered lasting injuries from police brutality, we can pursue damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Government Misconduct And Civil Rights Violations
We can also explore your potential claims against government entities for other civil rights abuses such as:
- Racial discrimination in housing or public services
- ADA noncompliance (Americans with Disabilities Act) in public accommodations
- Denial of due process or equal protection for discriminatory reasons
I am well-versed in claims under USC Section 1983, which allows citizens to sue the government for civil rights violations.
Take Back The Power
When police go too far “under color of law,” they need to be held in check and held responsible. The Law Office of Robert D. Butler is your voice and your protector in a legal process that can feel very intimidating. Put my 25-plus years of legal experience to work.
If you believe your civil rights were violated, arrange a time to tell me your story and determine if you have a viable case. Call my Bellingham office at 360-325-7242 or contact me online. I welcome inquiries from Whatcom County and statewide.