Excessive Use of Force by Law Enforcement

The best available evidence reflects high rates of use of force nationally, and increased likelihood of police use of force against people of color, people with disabilities, LGBT people, 

people with mental health concerns, people with low incomes, 

and those at the intersections of these groups.

United States Commission on Civil Rights

Police Use of Force: An Examination of Modern Policing Practices, Nov. 2018

Accurate and comprehensive data regarding police uses of force is generally not available to police departments or the American public. No comprehensive national or State of Florida database exists that captures rates of police use of force.  

One of the central issues concerning police‚Äôs use of force is how to define the boundary between when force may be necessary or reasonable, versus when it becomes excessive. While the majority of interactions between police and civilians are peaceful, there are instances where force may be necessary. The Supreme Court has held that an objective reasonableness standard should apply to claims that police officers used excessive force.  Even under an objective reasonableness standard, quantifying the appropriate amount of force in a given situation can be difficult and debatable.

When choosing an attorney to represent you or your loved one in a lawsuit stemming from the excessive use of force by law enforcement you need a well respected law firm with the relevant experience.  

Lauer & Currie, P.A. representing victims of excessive force.

Howare Bowe lawyer

South Florida Sun- Sentinel, May, 2016

Mr. Lauer on the police shooting of Howard Bowe after filing suit: "Whenever you kick down a door at 6 a.m. without announcing your presence as a police officer, you can expect the homeowner is going to be standing in his own home, perhaps in his underwear," said Greg Lauer, the Bowe family's lawyer. "You've got to be trained a little bit better not to pull the trigger and kill an unarmed man.  This is exactly why we need body cameras."