Over the past year, New York has seen more than its fair share of media coverage when it comes to police brutality. While our city is certainly no stranger to such heinous and often deadly behavior, the past few months have shown that it is occurring more frequently than many would care to admit. Average law-abiding citizens are being unfairly targeted, while hard working honest cops are blamed for the terrible behavior of a certain few. If you, or a family member, have recently been physically, emotionally or mentally abused by a police officer, you may have grounds to pursue legal action. Contact the New York personal injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP and schedule a confidential consultation today.
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If you were the victim of excessive force, assault or sexual misconduct by a law enforcement office, you should contact a NY police brutality lawyer immediately!
As a victim of police brutality you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. Along with the rash of police misconduct reports that have swept the nation over the past few years, there have been just as many stories about citizens who have successfully filed claims against at-fault departments. Depending on the situation in which you find yourself, you could be entitled to significant damages. More often than not, victims of law enforcement abuse are able to claim one or more of the following:
- Emergency medical bills
- Doctor and specialist fees
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Loss of wages and employment
- Wrongful death
For more information, call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today and schedule an appointment to review your case.
There is no doubt that the New York Police Department, along with every other law enforcement agency that operates within the greater metropolitan area, faces incredibly dangerous situations. They must confront angry, often violent individuals, who have no regard for the law. In such instances, officers must sometimes apply force. But it must be warranted. As indicated by the NYPD’s handbook:
"...the application of force must be consistent with existing law and with New York City Police Department Values, by which we pledge to value human life and respect the dignity of each individual."
Sadly, time and time again we have witnessed on the nightly news, cops overstepping their authority and attacking individuals who were unarmed or unable to protect themselves. In such instances, officers have been know to abuse one or more of the following elements:
Tasers: Tasers are particularly effective tools, used to bring a person down without the need for deadly force. However, it can be lethal if not used properly. The electrical force present in these devices is not only powerful enough to bring a man to his knees, it can also cause the body’s electrical system to shut down or cause cardiac arrest.
Pepper Spray: Pepper spray like Tasers are extremely effective against individuals who pose a serious threat. It is non-lethal, but able to disarm a person with incredibly painful burning sensations. Unfortunately, if used in excess or on the wrong person it can cause serious respiratory illness or distress.
Choke Holds: Despite being banned for decades, the practice of placing suspects in chokeholds persists throughout the five boroughs. Unfortunately, these types of maneuvers can quickly lead to a person falling unconscious, which in turn could lead to serious damage to the body and even death.
If you, or a loved one has been seriously injured due to excessive police tactics, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation as soon as possible. The sooner you are able to speak with a qualified counselor the greater your odds will be at securing the maximum possible settlement. Call our office today at (212) 986- 7353.
On October 9, 2003, a Manhattan Supreme Court jury awarded plaintiff $17.5 million dollars in connection with a shooting by an off-duty New York City Police Officer rendering the plaintiff a paraplegic.
Winning cases against the New York City Police Department and the City of New York for excessive use of force is extremely difficult unless the facts clearly support the plaintiff's case.