Police Misconduct


Law enforcement officers have a duty to serve and protect the public.  However, sometimes police officers and public safety professionals abuse their power and violate an individual’s civil rights.  If this has ever happened to you, you know how powerless it can make you feel. At Atkinson & Polak, PLLC we understand the physical and emotional pain involved in these cases and can guide you and your family through them.  We will work hard to seek justice for you and hold police accountable.


Police misconduct describes any time a law enforcement officer or public safety professional abuses his or her power.  Both the United States Constitution and the West Virginia Constitution prohibit false arrests, the use of excessive force, illegal searches and seizures, and police brutality. We have been successful in handling these cases and will fight to compensate you and defend your civil liberties.


Our firm takes legal action on behalf of individuals just like you who have been mistreated by the police and had their constitutional rights violated. Our firm represents clients in cases involving many types of police misconduct, including:

  • Excessive force
  • False arrests
  • Illegal searches and seizures
  • Police brutality
  • Police shooting
  • Racial profiling
  • Abuse of power
  • Physical violence
  • Undue restraint
  • Unnecessary and degrading strip searches
  • Sexual assault
  • Blackmail and coercion

If you or a loved one feel that you have been the victim of police misconduct, contact us today for a free consultation.  

Past Results

$130,000.00 – False Arrest and Excessive Force

Mr. Ratliff, a blind Vietnam veteran, was arrested on his own property for public intoxication and obstructing an officer.  Prior to being arrested, Mr. Ratliff requested the officer to leave his property. The officer ignored that request and ultimately injured Mr. Ratliff during the arrest.  After litigating this matter, the case was settled for $130,000.00.

$162,500.00 – False Arrest and Excessive Force

Mr. Evans was arrested in his own apartment and was injured due to the excessive force of an officer after the officer attempted to illegally enter Mr. Evans’s apartment.  After litigating this matter, the case was settled for $162,500.00.

*When you read our case results, you should be aware that not all case results are typical, and that your results may be different. Every case is unique and has its own merits that must be evaluated by a legal professional.