Maricopa County deputies accused of using excessive force

Yuma residents may understand (and even expect) that law enforcement authorities might need to result to using force in order to uphold the law. Yet while such professionals have been empowered to do so, such a privilege is one that is to be used judiciously. Typically, the use of force may be reserved for those situations in which authorities believe themselves or others to be in imminent danger. This implies that using force may not be appropriate when ensuring compliance, particularly when other methods might be available. Authorities may be expected to understand this and keep it in mind when dealing with the public. 

A recent lawsuit filed against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office states that such understanding was not present in its deputies' dealings with a local man. The man was arrested after authorities attempted to conduct an unauthorized search of his vehicle following an accident (and subsequent altercation) he was involved in. The man protested, and a fight broke out between him and the deputies (during which one of the deputies suffered a broken leg). The man alleges that the remaining deputies then took him back to a police substation, where he was assaulted by officers and bitten by a police K9. While the man's attorney admits that he did resist the officers at points and probably could have handled the situation better himself, the response (and alleged retaliation) of the deputies was inappropriate. 

This particular case includes several potential abuses of police authority (an unauthorized search, unjustifiable use of force, etc.). Those who may come under the scrutiny of authorities might need an advocate to ensure that the outcomes of their cases are not influenced by such abuses. An experienced criminal defense attorney might be such an advocate. 

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