Police Misconduct

In 2000, studies by the U.S. Department of Justice demonstrated that the Code of Silence that police officers maintain with each other is far from myth [1]. Sometimes it is not with purpose or with malice that cruel encounters with police occur but rather inexperience and fear. When mistakes are made regardless of what side of the law made them, there should be accountability. I believe that most police officers sincerely desire to serve and protect their communities, but police enforcement must follow applicable statutory law, the United States Constitution, and the Illinois State Constitution.

Whether it be something that happened on the road or at your home, I have a deep understanding of correct police procedures. I also have the steadfast belief that all people are created equal and deserve equal and respectful treatment by the police.

Question: Can the police be held responsible for causing an accident during a highspeed chase?

Answer: Yes. When the police are "enforcing the law," they are responsible for the injuries and deaths they cause due to their own "reckless or intentional conduct." When the police are driving about not enforcing the law, they are responsible for any bodily injuries or death they cause by their failure to use ordinary care. This is known legally as "negligence" — the failure to use ordinary care to avoid injuring or killing other persons.

For more information, please contact me, attorney George M. Sachs. Or, if you find yourself in a bind and need an experienced lawyer in Chicago, please call now for a free consultation! 

[1] "Police Attitudes Toward Abuse of Authority: Findings from a National Study," authors David Weisburd & Rosann Greenspan; U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Research Brief, May 2000.