All across the United States, attention has been drawn to police brutality and misconduct. In New York City, there are hundreds of police brutality and police misconduct cases investigated each year that result in approximately $500 million a year in settlements. The Civilian Complaint Review Board is the organization that is responsible for independently investigating allegations of police misconduct. In 2010, there were 6,476 complaints against the NYPD for injuries due to excessive force, abuse, racial discrimination, hate speech, false arrest, and malicious prosecution, among others.
If you are a victim of police brutality or police misconduct, it is important that you speak with an experienced attorney right away. Here are some examples that may give rise to a claim against law enforcement:
- Racial profiling;
- False Arrest;
- Verbal Abuse;
- Corruption and Bribery;
- Sexual Assault;
- Misuse of Power;
- Improper use of surveillance; and
- Excessive force.
Excessive force is when a police officer violates an individual’s constitutional rights by using force that is greater than what a reasonable and prudent law enforcement officer would use under the same circumstances. Law enforcement officers are supposed to use an amount of force necessary to achieve a safe and effective outcome. When police officers engage in the use of excessive force, he or she may be subject to liability for their actions. The abuse of power by law enforcement officers often occurs during questioning and routine stops.
If you have been a victim of police brutality or police misconduct or have had your rights violated, it is necessary to contact an experienced police misconduct lawyer to explore your options. The Leventhal Law Group is experienced in dealing with all aspects of police misconduct and is dedicated to helping clients achieve the best possible outcome for their case. The Leventhal Law Group will make sure you understand the complex process and treat you with dignity and respect each step of the way. Contact the Police Misconduct Attorneys at the Leventhal Law Group at (718) 556-9600, or fill out our online contact form.