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An individual who has been detained and restrained should not be beaten by law enforcement. Such an individual may have a basis to file a lawsuit against the agency that detained him and attacked him, as law enforcement is required to protect captives (not abuse them). Such situations are often referred to as "police brutality."
A victim of police brutality needs an attorney. The attorney can evaluate the damages and help the individual negotiate or sue to collect them as necessary. A victim of police brutality can recover the value of the medical services he required, as well as other damages (which may well exceed the value of the medical services). Accordingly, the sum in controversy could be far beyond the value of the medical bills.
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