Three Antioch Police Officers Charged With Civil Rights Violations After Investigation By The FBI and US Attorney’s Office
ANTIOCH, CALIFORNIA (February 11, 2024) – Antioch police officers Morteza Amiri, Eric Rombough and Devon Wenger were charged with civil rights violations after investigation involving the FBI.
Contra Costa County officials announced the charges in a news conference. Officers Morteza Amiri, Eric Rombough and Devon Wenger faced numerous charges as part of the probe.
These included conspiracy against rights and deprivation of rights under color of law. One officer also faces a charge of falsifying records. The indictment repeatedly accused the men of excessive force through dog bites and a 40mm less lethal launcher.
There were allegedly multiple incidents when the officers didn’t report the use of force encounters. One of the officers is also facing conspiracy charges to distribute and possess anabolic steroids.
A full investigation into all of the charges remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Excessive Force By Antioch Police Officers
Police uses of force are far more common than many people may realize. According to the Law Enforcement Epidemiology Project, “15 % of civilians who experience police threat of or use of force during legal interventions are injured. An estimated 250,000 civilian injuries are caused by law enforcement officers annually. More than 600 people are killed by law enforcement in the U.S. each year.” There are many different ways that police officers may use excessive force.
- Police officers may hit or beat suspects that are already restrained.
- Police officers may have shot a suspect who was merely attempting to flee.
- Police officers may have placed a suspect in an illegal choke-hold.
Police officers tend to have a great deal of leeway in how they perform their duties. But at no point are officers allowed to needlessly injure suspects. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. Certain steps should be taken after any instance of excessive force.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Body camera footage from all officers involved should be sought.
- Medical records related to the incident should be preserved.
- An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.
Police officers are supposed to protect and serve the public. But in far too many situations, officers abuse their power. There is supposed to be accountability for these abuses of power. However, when police departments investigate their own officers, they will inevitably find that no wrongdoing took place. This is why it is so important that police abuses of power are investigated by outside agencies.
Investigating Excessive Force By Antioch Police Officers
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to all of the people who may have been harmed by the actions of officers Morteza Amiri, Eric Rombough and Devon Wenger. It is important that there is accountability for what took place. No person is above the law including the people who are charged with enforcing the law.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured by the excessive force of Antioch police officers? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police abuses of power. Whether you just have legal questions or are thinking about hiring an attorney we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.