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When Can You Claim Against The Police?

It is important that you understand the occasions that you can make a claim against a police officer who has treated you unfairly

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Police arrests protestors at Oxford Circus in London, Friday, April 19, 2019. The group Extinction Rebellion is calling for a week of civil disobedience against what it says is the failure to tackle the causes of climate change. VOA

The police force are there to protect the general public from crime and make sure that those who need to be arrested are. Of course, it is possible for a police officer to make a mistake or to go against the rules and this is something which needs to be addressed.

Here, we are going to discuss some of the events that can lead to a claim against the police. Keep reading if you think that you have been treated unfairly and are considering your grounds for a claim.

Wrongful Arrest

Have you been wrongfully arrested? Police officers need to have reasonable grounds to be able to make an arrest lawfully but if they didn’t have this when you were arrested, then you might be able to make a claim against them. Claims against the police officers who have unlawfully arrested you and taken your freedom can often lead to financial compensation. Of course, you will need to get in contact with a solicitor who can put this request through for you and ensure that you were in fact wrongfully arrested.

Assault By Police Officer

No one deserves to be assaulted by a police officer and so if you have been a victim of an assault by a member of the police force then you might be eligible to make a claim against them. In this situation, the claim depends on whether the police officer used more force than was reasonable against you. This type of claim can be difficult to make as there is often very little proof on an event like this.

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School police officers look on as students leave Columbine High School, April 16, 2019, in Littleton, Colo. (Representational image).VOA

If there are any CCTV cameras that have captured the event or witnesses then you might be able to make a claim against the officer who assaulted you.

When Can You Not Claim?

It is also important to note the times where you can complain against a police officer but you will not necessarily receive any sort of financial compensation for it. This includes times when a police officer has made a false statement, they have caused loss of your property or they have used their position for private benefits. On top of this, you’ll find that you can make a complaint against an officer who has failed to attend the scene of a crime promptly if they are on duty and were asked to do this.

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Final Verdict

It is important that you understand the occasions that you can make a claim against a police officer who has treated you unfairly. There is a big difference between making a claim and making a complaint, so you need to understand this before moving forward.

If you have been wrongfully arrested or have been assaulted by a police officer, you should make sure that get in touch with a solicitor who can help you to get the justice that you deserve. Follow our advice and you should be able to respond in the right way to the situation in the future.

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“The Team Was Treated Relatively Well” During Police Questioning, U.S. Christians Held in Laos

Throughout their period of detention, “the team was treated relatively well,” Vision Beyond Borders said in a recent statement. 

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Christian villagers in Laos are shown in an undated photo. RFA

Three U.S. citizens held in Laos last month for handing out religious tracts were “treated well” during questioning by police, but Lao Christians still face persecution at the hands of state authorities, the missionary group to which the three belong said this week.

“Yes, they were treated well, and we appreciate that,” Eric Blievernicht, operations manager for the Wyoming-based group Vision Beyond Borders, told RFA’s Lao Service on Thursday in a brief telephone interview.

“They‘re home safe now, and they’re looking forward to continuing their ministry,” Blievernicht said.

The three volunteers—identified by their given names, Wayne, Autumn, and Joseph—were picked up by police in a scenic corner of northern Laos’ Luang Namtha province on April 8 after handing out religious materials to villagers, a policeman and a witness told RFA in an earlier report.

Authorities then seized their passports and took them to a guesthouse in the provincial capital, about 60 kms (36 miles) from where they had been arrested, but allowed them free movement of their quarters and the surrounding village, and the three were deported to Thailand 10 days later.

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In a report released April 29, the bipartisan U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) placed Laos on its Tier 2 Watch List for what it called continuing serious abuses of religious freedoms. Pixabay

Throughout their period of detention, “the team was treated relatively well,” Vision Beyond Borders said in a recent statement.

“They were never hollered at, the officials never laid a hand on them, and they even provided bottled water when the team was at the [police] station,” the missionary group, which distributes bibles and recordings of religious messages around the world, said.

Speaking to RFA, Blievernight said however that Lao Christians themselves face greater difficulties every day, with Lao authorities “harassing Christians and breaking up meetings and making it difficult for them to gather.”

“So we’re continuing to pray for Laos and want to do whatever we can to support the churches there,” he said.

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Though the one-party communist state’s constitution “ostensibly protects its people’s inherent right to religious freedom,” regulations controlling religious observance in Laos are vaguely worded and open to interpretation by local authorities, USCIRF said. Pixabay

‘Continuing serious abuses’

In a report released April 29, the bipartisan U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) placed Laos on its Tier 2 Watch List for what it called continuing serious abuses of religious freedoms.

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Though the one-party communist state’s constitution “ostensibly protects its people’s inherent right to religious freedom,” regulations controlling religious observance in Laos are vaguely worded and open to interpretation by local authorities, USCIRF said.

“Some Lao authorities remained deeply suspicious of Christians, sometimes resulting in social exclusion, harassment, and arbitrary detention by law enforcement officials,” the rights group said, adding that it had received reports throughout 2018 of persecution of Christians in Savannakhet, “a province known for its religious intolerance.” (RFA)