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Civil Rights and Police Misconduct Lawyers | Romanucci & Blandin

The United States Constitution guarantees civil rights for all – regardless of color, creed or any other factor that makes us all individuals. Civil rights litigation stands up for and protects the rights the law guarantees all people, including freedom from 14th amendment due process violations, unreasonable searches, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, excessive use of force, wrongful death or sexual assault. Unfortunately, violations of the law do occur during some encounters with law enforcement officers, and when they do, victims deserve justice. Romanucci & Blandin has significant experience with civil rights and police misconduct lawsuits and we have deep expertise and understanding of the challenges and issues involved.

Your civil rights or police misconduct claim 

With headquarters in Chicago, the national civil rights and police misconduct attorneys at Romanucci & Blandin know the damage and devastation that can be caused when someone’s constitutional rights are violated by those who are supposed to protect and serve.  Our team has experience and success bringing justice to clients in some of the country’s most prolific cases, including being on the legal team representing the family of George Floyd. The attorneys at Romanucci & Blandin know how to navigate these sensitive and often high-profile cases bringing justice to those involved.

National experience and results in police misconduct matters

At Romanucci & Blandin, we approach a civil rights or police misconduct claim as a way to hold an individual or institution financially accountable and responsible for the physical and emotional and even economic damages that have occurred. In too many cases, encounters with law enforcement can end tragically. In some cases, the officer(s) involved in police misconduct or excessive force cases may face criminal charges, but with or without those charges, victims can move forward with civil litigation, in an effort to receive financial compensation for what happened.

Our law firm has a team of attorneys and staff who have many years of experience with civil rights and police misconduct litigation. Our civil rights and police misconduct legal team includes partners who guide the process and share their deep knowledge of these lawsuits. Each client and each situation is different, and your claim is treated with great care and respect as the team investigates what happened and determines the best path to justice for you.

We know exactly what to do to litigate your civil rights or police misconduct case. We will obtain all necessary background information on the officer or officers involved and, if appropriate investigate the municipal or organizational history, training or patterns and practices that may have played a role. Holding municipalities accountable for their officers’ conduct under a 42 U.S.C. §1983 Monell claim is an important part of civil rights law, and an area our team knows very well. We find the records, interview witnesses, utilize police and medical experts and prepare thoroughly and meticulously for your case. Ultimately, our aim is to obtain the most equitable compensation possible so that you and your loved ones can move on with your life.

Managing media in police misconduct cases

In some cases, victims of police misconduct or their families are thrust into the media spotlight, during a very stressful and emotional time. The team at Romanucci & Blandin has deep experience navigating the media for clients, managing the process and making sure messaging is strategic and protective of the legal case.  Our expert, in-house communications team includes former journalists and crisis strategists who work closely with the legal team, help prepare clients for media interviews when necessary and understand the complexities of local, national and international press. Not all situations, cases or clients involve media activity and each client has a unique path to justice.

Our results for civil rights cases and police misconduct cases

The results we have achieved in civil rights or police misconduct cases are a testament to our team’s fierce dedication to clients.

Our results speak for themselves. A number of our civil rights and police misconduct verdicts and settlements have set records, achieving the largest dollar amounts for cases of their kind. Whether your case goes to trial or reaches a mediated settlement, our civil rights and police misconduct lawyers have the expertise and experience to be successful.

From police brutality to civil rights violations, racial profiling in a traffic stop to false imprisonment, our team knows how the system works, how police departments, municipalities, local courts and federal courts operate, and what judges, juries or mediators need to see to understand your claim.

Justice beyond a verdict or settlement: change in laws

At Romanucci & Blandin, we are committed to justice for our clients both in and out of the courtrooms. We are active in creating legislative change to stem or stop the problems in our community that have impacted our clients. This means engaging with lawmakers, advocacy groups and even testifying in front of legislators to share our clients stories and create change.

We have a history of being involved in police reform issues on state and national levels, including advocacy for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.  Following the murder of George Floyd, our Founding Partner Antonio Romanucci and Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump co-authored a whitepaper on police reform initiatives that detailed their recommendations for creating greater transparency and accountability in police departments around the country.

Our civil rights attorneys are also actively involved in legislative reform in the correctional system, as well. A bill to reform Illinois state law related to unconstitutional practices in solitary confinement is named after our client, Anthony Gay, who spent more than 20 traumatic years in isolation while not receiving proper healthcare for a mental health condition.  It is our fervent hope that our advocacy efforts bring much needed change to civil rights law for all citizens.

Types of civil rights and police misconduct claims

The following are some of the types of civil rights and police misconduct cases we handle for our clients:

Free consultation on your case by Chicago-based civil rights and police misconduct attorneys

The civil rights and police misconduct attorneys at Romanucci & Blandin have proven success in these types of cases. Please contact our office at Info@rblaw.net, 312-458-1000 or click here for a free evaluation of your civil rights or police misconduct case. There is never a fee until you are compensated for your injuries at the end of the case.

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