Bronx Personal Injury & Real Estate Blog

Monday, November 14, 2016

Police Brutality and Misconduct in Spotlight

Q: How much force by police is considered “excessive”?

Headlines remind us almost daily that the relationship between the police and the public has deteriorated. Images on the news are reminiscent of volatile scenes from the civil rights era. Minorities and others repeatedly make accusations of police brutality and misconduct, racial profiling, and civil rights violations--especially in cases where victims die in police custody or during arrests.

Backlash to the perceived injustice has been widespread, including random violence against police officers as well as verbal confrontations, videotaping of police encounters with the public, and organized—or random—group protests or looting. These incidents are happening across America. And the Bronx is not immune to its share.

In October, 2016, a 66 year-old black woman of questionable mental capacity reportedly initially threatened with scissors police officers called to her apartment in response to a complaint. They reportedly convinced her to put the scissors down, but then she allegedly charged a 30 year-old white male police officer with a baseball bat. The officer shot the woman twice in the torso, killing her. He did not use a Taser, reportedly in his possession at the time.

Although police are required to use the minimal amount of force necessary to control a situation, instances of police brutality or police misconduct are common.  Incidents arise from excessive force, wrongful shootings, Taser injuries, racial profiling, and more.

If you or a loved one has been hurt as a result of the actions of another, you may have a claim for personal injury and be entitled to monetary damages for such items as medical bills, lost incomes, future medical costs, and/or pain and suffering, depending on the circumstances. If a loved one has died from injuries caused by someone else’s negligent, reckless or intentional actions, close family members may be entitled to sue for wrongful death.

While nothing will turn back time and undo the incident, the compensation can help victims or their families begin to put the pieces of their lives back together as they face the unexpected loss.

The Goldstein Firm in the Bronx, New York has extensive experience in police brutality and misconduct cases. If you think you or a loved one has a claim, call (718) 239-0239 or contact us here for a free consultation.

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