We are once again living through an alarming trend of police violence and a strained relationship between law enforcement and the communities they are tasked to serve. While the presence of police officers was once something that made most of us feel safe and secure, for some people and communities, the presence of law enforcement now often represents something altogether different.
When law enforcement officers cross the line into misconduct, those who are harmed have the right to hold them accountable in a civil lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been the victim of police brutality, you should get the assistance of an experienced New York police brutality lawyer. At the Law Office of David S. Leigh, P.C., we can help. Call now (212) 843-0907.
In New York, we are no strangers to police violence. We have a history of innocent individuals being unfairly targeted by the bad cops while the good ones also get a bad rap.
Communities need good honest police presence, yet many of our communities have learned the hard way to eye that presence suspiciously. In reaction, police have lost the trust of the community, and, consequently, victims and witnesses are less likely to report a crime or cooperate in investigations. Everyone loses when bad cops get away with misconduct and aren’t held accountable.
Federal laws and the U.S. Constitution give individuals basic freedoms and rights, including:
Police officers are working on behalf of the government, but the constitution also limits that government’s powers. Under Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act, a victim has the right to file a civil lawsuit against a government if they have been deprived of their constitutional rights and privileges. This can include officers who are in violation while they are acting under the color of law, or in a law enforcement capacity. Before you make any decisions, seek the help of a NYC civil rights lawyer – Call now (212) 843-0907.
Police brutality is the excessive and unwarranted use of force by a member of law enforcement and is a civil rights violation.
In performing their jobs to protect citizens from crime, police officers are granted a great deal of latitude. In certain circumstances, they are legally allowed to use a broad spectrum of physical and even deadly force. But when the force is not warranted, or when it is used for the wrong reasons such as fear and intimidation, an officer may have crossed a line into police brutality and misconduct.
Although law enforcement officers are required to uphold the constitution and only use the appropriate force in a given situation, some misuse their power by:
Granted, our NYPD often has a difficult task in keeping our city peaceful and upholding the law, but when they ignore rules and procedures, they can and should face consequences. If you have been harmed by the excessive force of a law enforcement officer, you may be entitled to compensation.
This is when it is essential to have an experienced Manhattan civil rights lawyer in your corner. At the Law Office of David S. Leigh, P.C., our skilled police brutality lawyers will help you hold officers who work outside the law accountable for their actions. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – contact us by phone or via contact form today.
It is legally recognized that police officers may have to use some degree of force or coercion in order to make an arrest. But they cannot use any force greater than what is needed to de-escalate the situation or to restrain the suspect. Consequently, police are trained to use five levels of force and to use a graduated method of utilizing them.
A law enforcement officer cannot use any level of force greater than what is needed for the situation at hand.
Police brutality and misconduct harms innocent people and their families. If you or a family member has been the victim of police brutality in New York, you may be able to file a civil suit for your injuries or damages, including:
In some cases, the offending officer may be criminally charged. But criminal charges against a law enforcement officer are rare. And even if an officer is held criminally accountable, criminal charges never help the victim. This is when civil liability becomes a victim’s best hope for assistance with damages resulting from the misconduct. To speak with an experienced attorney in order to understand if you have valid claims, call now: (212) 843-0907.
If you are confronted with an aggressive police officer, it is always best to comply with their requests without responding aggressively yourself. This may be used against you if you choose to pursue a civil suit. Remain as calm as possible and contact a lawyer as soon as you are able. Whether you are the subject of racial profiling, sexual misconduct, or any excessive force, the officer should be reported. Your lawyer will be able to advise you of your safest legal options given the situation.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of law enforcement misconduct, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. Contact the experienced New York police brutality lawyers at the Law Office of David S. Leigh, P.C. for a free consultation. You never pay legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.