Racine and Kenosha Excessive Force Lawyer
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Justice and full and fair compensation after wrongful actions by Wisconsin law enforcement officers
Misconduct at the hands of police is traumatic both emotionally and physically. We place our trust in the police and law enforcement, and when that trust is broken through negligent, unnecessary, or malicious actions, we all have the legal right to not only collect compensation but also to force policy and procedure changes to ensure that no other person need suffer the same way again.
As a compliment to our personal injury and insurance dispute practice, the Milwaukee law firm of Domnitz & Skemp features a robust practice in identifying and prosecuting police misconduct against Wisconsin citizens, including:
- Police Misconduct
- Wrongful Arrest / Unlawful Detainment
- Excessive Force
- Unlawful Entry
Sheridan Wrongful Death Case
Ric Domnitz brings tragic case to successful conclusion without having to start a lawsuit
$1.5 million settlement reached in Sheridan death (April 22, 2005)
"Mequon and three other municipalities have agreed to pay $1.5 million to the family and estate of Matthew Sheridan, the 20-year-old man who suffocated in June while..."
The Time To Make a Claim is Limited...
The State of Wisconsin has placed strict limitations on the types of claims that may be brought, as well as the timeframe for filing a claim and the total amount you may recover. This complex area of practice requires an attorney who understands the complexities of the law and can guide the client through a maze of paperwork and regulations to achieve a verdict or settlement based on the facts and the law.
- Claims against government entities have strict and short notice provisions built into state laws related to police misconduct. Based on the type of claim you have, it could be barred within four months with no further recourse for compensation.
- There are strict limits on damages based on the circumstances and the type of case.
- Federal Civil Rights actions operate under an entirely different set of time limits. The Police Misconduct Attorneys at Domnitz & Skemp have substantial experience before both the state AND federal courts when negotiating and litigating a police misconduct action.
Follow the chronology as tragic case yields successful resolution of claim:
Suspect's death while in custody under review (June 20, 2004)
"Mequon - The Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department is investigating the case of a 20-year-old Mequon man who died in the custody of Mequon..."
Few details released on death in custody (June 21, 2004)
"Mequon - An accusation that a car drove off without the occupants paying for $10 worth of gasoline apparently set in motion a chain of events that led to the death of Matthew J. Sheridan while he was in Mequon police custody over the weekend, police records..."
High-tech hood put on Mequon suspect (June 22, 2004)
"Mequon - A man died in Mequon police custody Saturday after an officer placed a high-tech protective hood over the man's head to shield the officer from saliva, the lead investigator on the case said..."
Sheridan writhed, kicked in back seat, recording says (June 24, 2004)
"Mequon - A recording of radio transmissions between Mequon police officers and dispatchers paints a chilling picture of Matthew Sheridan shouting a stream of mostly unintelligible words in the back of a squad car as he protests his arrest on Saturday..."
A question: Why was hood in squad car? (July 10, 2004)
"The SURVIVAIR Quick2000 Escape hood respirator that a Mequon police officer placed over the head of Matthew Sheridan shortly before he suffocated to death would be an excellent piece of equipment, the manufacturer's Web site suggests, to have during a nuclear or biological attack. Or in the case of "chemical warfare..."
Some police stop using protective hoods (July 23, 2004)
"Two Ozaukee County communities have decided not to use the SURVIVAIR Quick2000 Escape Hood that has been blamed for the death of a man in a Mequon squad car, and a third is considering rejecting..."
Jury rules death an accident (Sept. 21, 2004)
"Port Washington - A six-person inquest jury on Tuesday found that the suffocation death of Matthew Sheridan while in Mequon police custody was..."
Inquest into suffocation death called a 'waste' (Sept. 23, 2004)
"The attorney for the family of Matthew Sheridan, the 20-year-old who died in Mequon police custody, called this week's inquest into the death a "waste of taxpayer money" because officers were not asked tough, probing questions that might have altered the jury's..."
Police admit errors in suffocation (Jan. 14, 2005)
"The Mequon Police Department on Friday admitted it made a series of preventable errors that culminated in the suffocation June 19 of a 20-year-old man after a vinyl biohazard bag was mistakenly placed over..."
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Suffering an injury at the hands of police is not necessarily an indication of misconduct. A skilled lawyer from Domnitz & Skemp can carefully evaluate your case, investigate the claims, and determine the best method and the most appropriate venue in which to file a claim and recover damages. Contact an attorney at Domnitz & Skemp today for a free consultation and review of your legal rights.
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