Police assault & battery claims

Stephensons offer specialist advice on compensation claims against the police for assault and battery. Compensation can be claimed from the police in situations where you have been subjected to an assault or a battery by police officers. For legal advice contact our expert team on 0175 321 5096.

A battery can occur when a police officer makes physical contact with you, for example with an ASP baton, CS Gas or Taser.

An assault can occur when a police officer causes you to fear the above, for example raising a baton or truncheon.

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Reasonable force

The police have authority to use physical force in certain circumstances as do all people in self defence. Reasonable force can also be used during the course of an arrest, but if the arrest is unlawful, then the police may have committed an assault or battery against you.

Police officers can only use physical force against you if it is reasonable. Even if the police have a lawful excuse for making physical contact with you, the force used may still amount to a battery if the level of force used was unreasonable. This depends upon the particular circumstances of the situation. There may be serious cases where police officers use weapons such as batons and Taser guns on members of the public in situations where the use of such weapons is unreasonable. This could include the use of deadly force by armed police.

If you have sustained serious physical or psychological injuries as a result of an assault or battery then you could be entitled to substantial compensation call our specialist solicitors for advice on 0175 321 5096.

Assault & battery by other public bodies/authorities

Our specialist solicitors may also be able to assist if you have been subjected to an assault and battery by officers of other public bodies/authorities if they were acting in the course of their duties for that the relevant body/authority.

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