Are you based in Queensland and thinking about suing the police?
Read about how we recently assisted a client in their civil claim against the Queensland Police for assault, battery and false imprisonment.
A rude encounter with the police
On the date in question, KW was at a table in the outdoor seating area of a McDonalds Restaurant located at Surfers Paradise, on Queensland’s Gold Coast. One of his relatives was standing between the roadside and the outdoor seating area that he was located. He said to his relative words to the effect of “McDonald’s is this way”.
Shortly after, a police officer approached KW and asked him “Who said that?” KW responded with words to the effect of “It was me. Why?” The police officer started being rude and made statements to the effect of “Stop being a f***ing smart ass”. After several other statements, KW asked the police officer for his badge number but the officer refused to do so and walked away.
Client assaulted and charged by the police
Later that night, KW was walking to the edge of the footpath when he was again approached by the same police officer. After another conversation, the officer grabbed KW’s arm behind his back and twisted it. He was forcefully pushed to the ground and subsequently searched.
He was taken to the police station and placed in custody where he remained for approximately 2 to 4 hours before being transferred to the Southport Holding Cells. KW was charged with public nuisance and assault officer in execution of duty which were subsequently withdrawn.
Client sued the police for assault, battery and false imprisonment
After facing this traumatic experience, KW approached O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors to advise him on his case. Our experienced unlawful arrest lawyer assisted him in making a civil claim against the Queensland Police for assault, battery and false imprisonment. The matter eventually settled and the client was paid compensation for the unlawful conduct of the police.
Read what KW has to say about O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors:
“I was assaulted by the police in Queensland and was taken to the holding cells. I sought out O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors after hearing about them from another case.
When I first approached the firm, I didn’t know what avenues to take, or whether I even had a case. Your police brutality lawyer was straight forward and informed me from the get go about my prospects of success. Despite being a busy firm, he helped me through the entire process. He always kept me in the loop with what was happening with my case.
For anyone who feels that they have been abused by the Queensland police, I would definitely recommend speaking to O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors. The firm has been very good to me. Thank you!”
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Not sure whether you might have a successful claim against the police? Many of our clients approach us unsure of what their rights are and their legal options. Speak to one of our civil lawyers who can advise you on your prospects of success. Call us on (02) 9261 4281 to book a free first consultation.