Actions against the police Services

If you’ve been the victim of Police misconduct you may be able to make a claim against the police. Our trained Action Against the Police solicitors are on hand to help with your claim against the police. Whether it’s police victimisation, assault by a police officer or you’re unlawfully stop and searched our specialist Actions Against the Police team is here to help.

Assault

The government gives the police power to use force in certain circumstances, but of course those circumstances are governed and limited by the law.

Late release or false imprisonment

False imprisonment is defined as the “complete deprivation of liberty for any time, however short, without lawful cause”

Unlawful arrest

It is for the police to prove that any detention by them is lawful. If they can’t, then a claim for Unlawful arrest can be successful.

Unlawful Stop & Search or Drug Search

Any stop and search or drug search must be based on actual facts, information or intelligence and not generalisations or stereotypes. There are also important formalities that police must comply with.

Malicious prosecution

Malicious prosecution is when a prosecuting authority brings a charge against an individual with malicious intent.

Discrimination

Any public service, including the police, is forbidden by law from acting in a way that discriminates against people because of certain “protected characteristics”. The following characteristics are protected by law under Equality Act 2010

Breach of Human Rights

The Human Rights Act makes the European Convention on Human Rights part of UK Law. So, if a public service such as the police (or prison, court etc.) breaches one of your human rights, they may have acted unlawfully.

Refusal of service

You can sue for discrimination if a business refuses to provide you with a service on the basis of a “protected characteristic” such as your ethnicity or sexual orientation.