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Florida woman files lawsuit after excessive force used in arrest

Having an encounter with police officers can be a nerve-wracking experience even under the best of circumstances. However, when officers use excessive force or commit other concerning acts, individuals may have even more reason to feel afraid. Unfortunately, though most individuals would like to trust the police, some officers can make it difficult to do so.

One woman in Florida is currently pursuing a lawsuit after an incident with police that left her with injuries. Reports stated that the woman works as a dancer at a gentleman's club, and after allegedly becoming intoxicated at work, she was asked to leave. However, the woman's belongings were still inside the establishment, and because of this, she did not want to leave until they were returned to her.

Police arrived at the scene, and the woman was placed in handcuffs. During her arrest for trespassing and resisting arrest, one officer reportedly punched her while she was handcuffed and committed other acts of violence toward her. As a result, she suffered a concussion, mental anguish and other injuries. Though the officer was terminated from his position, the woman still feels that legal action is warranted.

When excessive force is used during an arrest, the accused individual could feel very much in danger. Unfortunately, as this case shows, this type of incident is not unheard of. If other Florida residents have been in such a situation, they may wish to determine whether the circumstances of the events could give them legal grounds to pursue lawsuits of their own. Speaking with knowledgeable attorneys could help concerned individuals understand their options.

Source: jacksonville.com, "Lawsuit filed by dancer beaten by officer looks for retribution from Jacksonville sheriff, others", Joe Daraskevich, Nov. 24, 2017

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