There have been an unfortunate series of events recently, which serve as a reminder to us that, while the majority of law enforcement officials carry out their duties responsibly, some individuals will continue to abuse their power and serious accidents will occur that significantly impact the lives of others. In such times, proper legal counsel is critical to protect you and your loved ones.
The Dallas Police Department, and specifically Officer Powell, has fallen under heavy criticism after Officer Powell detained Ryan Moats for a significant period during a traffic stop. Officer Powell stopped Mr. Moats for failing to heed a stoplight, while he was rushing his family to the hospital during the imminent death of his mother-in-law. The Dallas Police Department and Officer Powell have both issued an apology for the officer's actions. However, additional allegations have begun surfacing regarding Officer Powell's actions, as Maritza Thomas has come forth indicating that the officer detained her inappropriately, wrote various citations without just cause, and generally exercised his duties with a poor professional manner.
According to Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe, Officer Martray Proctor was driving approximately 90 miles per hour without operating his siren or lights when he struck another vehicle, killing a Charlotte citizen and severely wounding several others. Chief Monroe openly stated that Officer Proctor's actions violated standard operating procedures.
Obviously, the above-noted events involve only two officers. However, the events speak for themselves, and one cannot argue that such incidents will continue to occur. Anyone who encounters a criminal charge/citation or an injury due to the negligence of another should consult an attorney immediately to determine the proper course of action to protect their interests.