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Can You Sue the Police for Wrongful Death?

Police officers usually have broad powers to carry out their duties. However, police officers go too far sometimes. When this happens, the victim of the misconduct might have remedies available under federal and state laws.

In Illinois, the Illinois Wrongful Death Act allows victims to sue for a number of different actions that include police misconduct or use of deadly force.

So while officers may have qualified immunity, they can also potentially be held liable for wrongful death.