As citizens, your rights are protected by state and federal laws and the federal and state Constitution.When anyone, even police officers, violates these rights,you are entitled to take legal action against them.The police have a great deal of power, and Attorney Raquel D. Ruano sees it as part of her duty to protect individuals from misuse of this power. The police are entrusted with protecting and serving the public. When they use their power to harm, it can have devastating consequences for individuals, families, and communities.
No one, no matter what their socioeconomic status or criminal history, should suffer mistreatment at the hands of the police. When an officer violates your civil rights by illegally searching you or your home, falsely arresting you, using excessive force against you, causing a wrongful conviction, or conducting a malicious prosecution, you need a lawyer with a deep working knowledge of strategies that get results in these cases.
Watchmen of Police Misconduct
The code of conduct in Massachusetts is overseen by the State Ethics Commission. The regulative body makes sure that uniformed officers of the law and public employees abide by the rules set by the commission. There is a zero tolerance with regards to conflict of interest and police misconduct.
Uniformed officers are penalized as well for any law they break especially if it involves a civilian. The punishment given to a uniformed officer found guilty of police misconduct by the State Ethics Commission are as follows:
(1) Civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each violation of G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, or G.L. c. 268B, the financial disclosure law, except that a maximum civil penalty of $25,000 may be imposed for a violation of G.L. c. 268A, § 2 (bribery).
(2) In some circumstances, the Commission may issue an order requiring an individual who has violated the conflict of interest law to pay damages in the amount of $500 or the economic advantage gained up to $25,000, whichever is greater.
(3) The Commission may require the violator to make restitution to an injured third party.
(4) If there has not been a criminal conviction in a matter, the Commission may, with the Attorney General’s written approval, order a violator to pay additional damages of up to twice the economic advantage or $500, in which case payment will bar criminal prosecution for the same violation.
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Attorney Raquel D. Ruano is highly experienced in police misconduct cases, having litigated such cases in state and federal court. She responds to police abuse with clear and appropriate outrage, in the form of skillful and aggressive litigation. She will see to it that those injured by police misconduct are compensated, will seek to have those responsible held accountable, and where possible will push for meaningful institutional change.