One of the ways that police routinely abuse their authority is through unwanted sexual advances or inappropriate relationships. However, their responsibilities as an officer of the law do not allow them to take advantage of anyone in this manner.
Two Richland Police Officers were fired after an investigation into sexual misconduct, but their department is releasing few details.
Richland Police acknowledge termination of officers to the public
The chief claims that an investigation into an unrelated incident resulted in the discovery of serious misconduct by two employees of the department.
The Richland Police Chief made a formal statement that was also posted on the department’s facebook page. He asked for forgiveness from the community and acknowledged that officers do make mistakes. He also said that the residents who interact with the department should not lower their expectations based on the actions of two people.
There were allegations of sexual misconduct against them, but at the time of the news report few details were released and they have not been charged criminally. The department added that they do not believe criminal charges will be necessary in the future based on the information available. The decision was made following a meeting between all members of the Board of Aldermen where their termination was recommended at the conclusion of the assembly.
Richland is a city in Rankin county just east of Jackson, Mississippi.
Sexual harassment and misconduct involving police officers
There are a number of situations where police officers feel that they can exploit a person who is in a vulnerable position. Many times, this includes inappropriate sexual advances towards someone who is a suspect, witness, other employees in their department, or even a victim of a crime. In most cases, these actions should be grounds for immediate termination and a civil lawsuit. It is important for victims to bring the incident to the attention of the department’s internal affairs and retain a lawyer as soon as they can to prevent further problems.
Any kind of incident that results in violence or abuse to a citizen can become the basis for a lawsuit against an officer and the department or city that employs them. Relevant federal laws only require that a government employee abused their authority in some way to bring an action in court. These statutes have been used for police violence, sexual misconduct, false arrests, and wrongful deaths caused by law enforcement. Victims can possibly be awarded large amounts of money through a settlement agreement or jury trial.
Learn about bringing a case against a police department
Lawyers who focus on police brutality and misconduct are available to assist you with the process of filing a civil rights lawsuit. The Heilman Law Group, PA represents local clients in Jackson and other nearby towns in Mississippi.