Police brutality an ever increasing problem

The police have been in the news a lot recently, and most of the news has been bad.  Is police brutality a rapidly increasing problem, or has the rise of cell phone video and social media merely brought the problem from the streets to the front pages?

Police in swat gear.

Between 2006 and 2013 the Philadelphia police shot 400 people in the city of Philadelphia according to the United States Department of Justice.  During that same time period the Philadelphia police shot and killed 59 unarmed citizens.  Those are scary and staggering numbers.

Of course police brutality is not limited to police shootings.  All police departments suffer from instances of institutionalized abuse such as; false arrest, excessive use of force, pretextual stops and illegal search and seizure.  Despite recent attempts to prosecute so-called rogue officers, it does not appear that such long held illegal police practices will stop any time soon.

If you or somebody you know has been the victim of police brutality or illegal police tactics call the law office of Scarpello & LaTour today at 215.7320460.  The attorneys at Scarpello & LaTour have won large settlements for victims of police brutality and they can help you too.