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Police Shootings & Excessive Force

Police shootings are a serious problem around the country. Police interactions can be terrifying situations that sometimes result in needless violence and death, especially for people of color and those who are mentally ill.

Video technology is highlighting the everyday police misconduct that happens on our streets and in our homes. With surveillance cameras, cell phones, and police body cameras in use, these interactions are often recorded for the world to see.

But what happens when you’re at odds with the police and nobody is watching? What if you’re the victim of excessive force or police brutality? What if someone you love is shot to death during a misunderstanding with the police - and there’s no video to prove it?

You do not need a video to win a police shooting case. But you do need an excellent lawyer. With the help of an experienced Chicago police shooting attorney, it’s possible to win a case against the police department and secure the compensation you deserve.

Since 1992, the team at Levin & Perconti has helped people who have been seriously injured. We help you stand up for your rights and hold people and institutions accountable for police misconduct, excessive force, and wrongful death.

If you were injured or lost a loved one due to a police-involved incident, call us at 877-374-1417 or contact us online for a free consultation to discuss your potential case with a Chicago police shooting attorney.

We are Excessive Force Lawyers for Police Shootings

Police are permitted to use objectively reasonable force to apprehend, subdue, and detain suspects. In limited circumstances, police are even allowed to take a human life to protect themselves and the public.

However, as a society we can still hold police officers accountable for abusing their power, using excessive force, intimidating and coercing people, punishing suspects with violence, and harming people unlawfully. After a use of force, it’s up to the people, the police department, and the justice system to decide whether it was justified.

At Levin & Perconti, we help victims of police misconduct stand up for their rights and secure just compensation.Contact us as soon as possible if you are the victim of excessive force, police misconduct, or a police shooting.

Did the Incident Involve Any of the Following Things?
  • A police shooting, whether or not you were shot
  • Injuries you suffered from a police interaction
  • Physical restraints and police techniques like headlocks, chokeholds, take-downs, and knee restraints
  • Crowd control and protest injuries, including injuries from excessive force, rubber bullets, and tear gas
  • Police batons that can cause damaging blows to the head and body
  • Pepper spray, or OC spray, that was applied heavily or during respiratory distress
  • Handcuff injuries and improper use
  • Tasering during a verbal disagreement or after handcuffs were on

When you bring Levin & Perconti on board, we investigate the incident and ask important questions that reveal whether the officers followed police protocol and the law. We may ask questions like:

  • Did the officer continue applying force after you were handcuffed or on the ground?
  • Did you have broken bones?
  • How many times did they taser or strike you?
  • Were you pepper-sprayed at close range or directly into your mouth?
  • Were you under arrest?

We also look into questions about whether the victim posed an actual threat, whether there was obvious distress, and whether the officer or officers went too far. We question whether it is reasonable that another officer who was presented with the same circumstances would have acted the same way.

We Handle Cases Involving Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Violations

You can come to us for a compassionate approach to victims of police shootings and police-involved violence. We are national leaders in negligence and injury cases and we understand that this is a difficult, emotionally-charged situation. We’re here to help you.

Contact us if you or your loved one has experienced:

  • Police brutality
  • False arrest
  • A police dog attack
  • A police chase with injuries
  • Choking/asphyxiation during arrest
  • Jail staff or prison guard abuse
  • Sexual assault or abuse
  • Racial profiling
  • Coercion
  • Intimidation/threats
  • Unreasonable search and seizure
  • Wrongful shooting
  • Wrongful death

The lawyers at Levin & Perconti have successfully handled a wide variety of cases. We have recovered millions of dollars in Illinois verdicts and settlements for victims and their families, including a record-setting $10 million settlement against the City of Chicago.

During your free initial consultation, our experienced attorneys will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you. We’ll help you understand how to protect your best interests and seek the best possible outcome in this challenging situation.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a police shooting or other police incident, CONTACT US ONLINE or call us at 877-374-1417 for a free consultation with a Chicago police shooting lawyer.

Levin & Perconti Police Shooting Cases in the Headlines

Levin & Perconti Represents Family Who Lost Mentally Ill Son in Deadly Encounters with Pennsylvania Law Enforcement

Levin & Perconti attorneys Steven Levin and Daisy Ayllon are representing the family of a mentally ill young man who was shot and killed by police in the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The family made several calls pleading with authorities to help 27-year-old Ricardo Miguel Muñoz, not to kill him. Levin, Ayllon, and Murphy have since launched a civil rights investigation.

"On the day of his death, Mr. Muñoz's family made several concerning calls and requested help from the City of Lancaster police," said Steven Levin, senior partner at Levin & Perconti. "If the police had been trained appropriately and followed protocols, Ricardo Muñoz would still be alive and provided treatment for his documented history of mental illness."

"We have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, particularly individuals who suffer from mental health issues," said Daisy Ayllon. "When we fail to do that, we fail as a society."

We understand that families may not know where to turn after the sudden or unexpected loss of a loved one battling a mental illness. When choosing legal representation, it is crucial that you look for a law firm that has both the experience and resources needed to litigate even the most complex lawsuits.

The experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti represents people throughout the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois, and nationwide. Please, contact us now for a FREE consultation at 312-332-2872 in Chicago, or toll-free at 1-877-374-1417.

Testimonials
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Margaret, Daisy and Bryan. This magnificent cohesive team led by Margaret represented us for my mom's nursing home wrongful death case. They were most patient and responded timely to many questions throughout the entire process. All demonstrated professionalism and extensive knowledge of case and state laws. Their in-depth investigative work uncovered details which were unknown to us and yet sadly confirmed our suspicions. We would recommend the Levin and Perconti Law firm and especially this team. Kathy and Ron
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Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Peconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. My family and I will always be grateful for the compassion that they showed us. I want to thank you for what you did for my family, and for always being there for us. W.R., Medical Malpractice Client
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Our deepest appreciation to the law firm of Levin & Perconti, and in particular to Margaret Battersby Black, in the handling of the lawsuit we field n behalf of our sister who sustained life-threatening injuries as a nursing home resident. Margaret’s representation, guidance, and professionalism gave us the sense that we could put our trust in Levin & Perconti and the final outcome proved that to be true. D.G., Nursing Home Client
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I want to send my heartfelt thanks to John Perconti and the Levin & Perconti staff in taking our case. Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf. M.R.Z., nursing home client
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Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti, and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Perconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. W.R., medical malpractice client