Always file a complaint first with the police department or internal affairs division. It is generally a requirement that you exhaust all of your administrative remedies first before bringing a lawsuit.
After reporting to the police department, the next step is to report the misconduct to the United States Department of Justice or the United States Attorneys office
After you have reported the violations, you then may be permitted to file a lawsuit in Court against the police department and/or their officers.
Filing a Lawsuit against the Police
If you feel the Police violated your rights and you want to file a lawsuit to collect money for your injuries, you should speak to criminal defense attorney immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.
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