With the start of Derek Chauvin’s trial, one of the four officers involved in George Floyd’s death, memories of the BLM protests spring to life. My office received many protestors calling frustrated and wondering if they even had a case. These instances can get confusing—my job is to clear these confusions.

The David A. Goldstein Co. LPA firm works with many civil rights cases, including many of the BLM protestors. As a result of all of our experience working with these cases, I have developed a list of the top three things to consider when determining whether your case may have merit. 

  1. Did the officer have a reasonable belief you committed a crime?  

While I understand the frustration and anger you feel in situations where you believe you were treated unfairly by the police, whether you have a case or not will depend on the facts. Knowing what laws they could consider you in violation of is critical. 

2. Was the use of force by the officer justified under the circumstances?  If there was force used, were the actions of the officer videotaped? 

Because law enforcement officers are important resources in protecting us in times of need, the law affords them many protections so they can do their job effectively. Having video evidence allows us to show where they may have gone beyond the bounds of their rights and infringed on your rights.

3. Were you read your rights when you were arrested?

Police can violate your civil rights by making an improper arrest. In some cases, we can even prove that excessive force was used, and you were unlawfully restrained.

 These instances are very complex matters, and you deserve to have answers. Please reach out to our firm if you have any questions or concerns at (614) 222-1889 and we will respond in a timely manner.