Police Violations Of Citizens' Civil Rights Should Remind You Of The Importance Of Proper Legal Counsel

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

Ryan Moats Youtube Video - Part 1

Ryan Moats Youtube Video - Part 2

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.

Charlotte Observer Article

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.

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Christopher Shumate

Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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