7 News Miami reports that Black Lives Matter protestors staged a funeral procession in Miramar to protest systemic racism and police brutality against Black citizens. Students in Pembroke Pines also staged a peaceful protest in support of Black Lives Matter. In Broward County protestors gathered to speak out against police brutality. In Miami, there were similar protests. Across the country, men and women of all races have come together to protest the death of George Floyd and police brutality. In most cases, protests have taken place peacefully with no injuries or violent encounters with the police, but in some instances there have been reports of individuals getting injured in violent confrontations with police and the national guard. News reports have indicated that some individuals have been pushed, shoved, beaten, illegally detained, and that other groups have been fired with rubber bullets or tear gas. Individuals have the First Amendment right to gather and protest peacefully. Unfortunately, some individuals have gathered to protest only to find themselves hurt.
The Law Offices of Oscar Syger is a personal injury law firm that works to defend the rights of the injured in Pembroke Pines, Florida. If you have been hurt in a protest or because of police brutality, you might be wondering whether you can sue the police for your injuries. It can be difficult to sue the police because officers are protected by a legal doctrine known as sovereign immunity. Police can only be sued if the state consents to the lawsuit. Fortunately, with greater visibility regarding police violence, and thanks to the actions of the Black Lives Matter movement, more families have been able to successfully come forward and sue law enforcement when victims have suffered injuries at the hands of the police. Some families have been able to settle their cases privately and others have been able to settle in court. While some have called for the abolishment of sovereign immunity laws, it isn’t clear when or if these laws will ever be changed. Ultimately, if you or someone you love is injured in a protest due to police violence or due to the violent or negligent actions of another person or party, you may have rights. The personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Oscar Syger in Pembroke Pines, Florida may be able to help you with your case. Contact our lawyers today to learn more.
Protestors’ Rights in Pembroke Pines, Florida
The First Amendment grants individuals and groups the right to protest peacefully. The ACLU notes that your right to protest is “strongest” when gathering on sidewalks, in parks, in front of government buildings, and in the streets. While officers may have the right to ask people to clear the streets, or ask crowds to disperse for safety reasons, individuals have the right to record the protest on their phones or by using a camera.
Police only have the right to ask a crowd to disperse if they believe a riot is imminent, if they believe the protest is a threat to public safety, or if they need to clear the crowd to allow for the free movement of traffic. Dispersing the crowd should only be used by police as an act of last resort. If you are asked to leave, police need to give you the ability to leave and warn you that the protest will be dispersed. Police do not have the right to use violence on peaceful protestors. However, there have been reports of protestors getting shot at with rubber bullets, tear gas, and reports of protestors getting pushed and shoved, and protestors being detained illegally. If you believe your rights have been violated in a protest, or if you were hurt while protesting, the ACLU recommends that you write everything down, take photos of your injuries, write down the name and badge numbers of police officers, if possible, and get the names and contact information of witnesses who may have seen the violence take place. You have the right to report the incident and may have the right to take further action through a personal injury lawsuit. If you were injured in Pembroke Pines, Florida, consider reaching out to the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Oscar Syger today.
Seek Justice for Your Injuries in Pembroke Pines, Florida
If you were injured in a protest, you may only have a limited amount of time to seek damages for your losses. The Law Offices of Oscar Syger is a personal injury law firm in Pembroke Pines, Florida that works with families and victims who have been hurt in car accidents, and due to the negligence or neglect of another person or party. Our lawyers are here for you. Contact us today or reach out to USAttorneys.com to get matched with a lawyer at the Law Offices of Oscar Syger today.