Police Brutality Cases In New York City
What is police brutality? Police brutality is the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by a law enforcement official on a civilian. The term police brutality encompasses several different forms of the offense including excessive use of force, wrongful search and seizure, racial discrimination, false arrest or wrongful imprisonment, and sexual harassment and abuse.
As a civil society, we understand that there are instances in which a police officer may need to use force to subdue a suspect to prevent bodily harm. When a police officer escalates the use of force to a level that is unnecessary in relation to the existing situation or circumstances is when they cross a line. An excessive use of force can include beatings with batons, unnecessary use of a taser, firearm, nerve gas, pepper spray or unsanctioned holds, takedowns or restraints. Any one of these acts can cause serious injuries and potentially death.
The Fourth Amendment requires law enforcement to have probable cause when they conduct a search of a suspect or their property. This means that a law-abiding citizen should be protected in most cases against arbitrary searches and seizures. When a police officer conducts a search without establishing probably cause, they may be held responsible for their actions and any damages they cause.
The unfortunate impact of racial discrimination in high profile police brutality cases cannot be understated. While many police officers perform their duties without racial biases, the unfortunate reality is that these biases still exist and, in some instances, lead to horrific events. When a police officer uses unnecessary or excessive force because of their own racial bias they may be held accountable for their actions.
If a person is arrested or detained without a warrant, any evidence or probable cause can result in a wrongful arrest case. The term probable cause can be somewhat subjective term with a fluid definition. That is why it is so important to speak with a personal injury lawyer that has experience in police brutality cases.
A police officer may be held liable if they abuse, demean or otherwise sexually assault an individual in their custody. This includes any type of sexual harassment or abuse. This could be both physical or verbal. In many instances a police officer may take advantage of their power or control of a civilian to exert a sexually dominant role.
If you have been the victim of police misconduct or police brutality, the effects can scar you for the rest of your life. Mental anguish, humiliation, physical pain and disability are not uncommon in these situations. The Constitution of the United States guarantees certain civil rights to the people and police are required to adhere to these laws. If your civil rights were violated by the police, you can take legal action against them in a lawsuit and receive compensation. If you are the victim of police misconduct or police brutality, it is critical that you retain an attorney to represent you and fight for your rights immediately.
Common Types of Police Misconduct that Rimland Law Handles:
Fortunately, Rimland Law has handled many cases of alleged police misconduct and police assault, obtaining favorable results for our clients. In fact, our senior attorney Edward Rimland is a former counsel with the Office of Corporation Counsel, representing the City of New York on cases of police assault. This critical experience provides him with strong credentials and expert knowledge in the field of police misconduct-the kind of experience you want on your side.
To assure the best results for our clients in highly sensitive cases of police misconduct, we often retain the services of experts in police tactics and methodology. Their written reports help us settle cases with governmental agencies. However, if the case cannot settle these experts will testify for us in court. As with all of our cases, our seasoned trial attorneys, both in-house and of counsel, are fully prepared to present your case before a jury in a professional and vigorous manner.
Thankfully, here at the Rimland Law firm, our experience as respected veterans in prosecuting police misconduct allows us to aggressively fight for the rights of our clients who are victims of such crimes. If you have been the victim of police brutality, illegal search and seizure, improper detention or other police misconduct, our caring and skilled attorneys can help. We will stand by you and guide you through the legal process with compassion and understanding, leaving no stone unturned in our hunt for justice for you.
Contact Rimland Law today for a free consultation to learn more about your rights and how we can help you get the results you deserve.
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