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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this potential lawsuit seems extremely unlikely to be successful.
First, as you mentioned, the statute of limitations has long since run. Absent some creative way to get around the time limitation, the case has been lost before it was ever even filed.
The next problem is that law officers are protected by what is called qualified immunity, meaning that they cannot be sued so long as they were reasonably acting within the scope of their duties. While your statement clearly indicates the officer was NOT acting reasonably within the scope of his duties, this can be difficult to prove.
As to locating an attorney, you should research a few in your area that take on suits involving law enforcement. As you might imagine, this is a fairly small group of attorneys. Additionally, you may need to look slightly outside of your immediate area. The reason for this may be obvious, many attorneys are unwilling to sue police officers within their immediate area. Regardless, the Texas State Bar Association has a website, it is located at www.texasbar.com.
With just a bit of research, you should be able to find an attorney that handles such suits and that would be willing and able to thoroughly analyze your situation.
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You haven't provided any new information for me.
Another lawyer involved with prosecuting law enforcement was trying to answer before you were connected. I'd be more interested in hearing from him.
I'm sorry you feel that way and I suspect most attorneys would provide the same information I detailed above. Regardless, I will opt out and see if any other experts can assist you.
I wish you the best of luck!
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