Police Brutality or Misconduct Cases

Friday, August 25, 2017

Police Brutality in New York and the Emotionally Disturbed

Q: Are NYPD officers properly-trained to handle people with mental illnesses?

Police brutality and misconduct cases are seemingly commonplace in New York City. Part of what’s driving the numbers up may be the NYPD's apparent failure to provide crisis intervention training to all frontline officers on how to handle the emotionally disturbed or mentally ill people they encounter on a call. If the number of people suffering from mental health issues is also increasing, this combination could be a recipe for recurrent disaster.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Mother’s Love Transcends Death and Incarceration

Q: Is there legal and emotional support for mothers of police brutality victims?

It seems every day that headlines and video footage demonstrate the brutality and violence escalating worldwide. Bronx police brutality and police misconduct lawyers see the violence, too.

But while some may argue the current political climate is responsible for what may feel like an uptick in police brutality or misconduct incidents, there has been a long history of so-called “bad blood” between NYPD officers and some of the people they've arrested or killed and their families.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

When a Cop Dodges a Bullet

Q: How many levels of police brutality or misconduct charges can an officer face?

In New York, police officer misconduct and brutality accusations can expose the accused officer to several different types of charges, investigations and/or lawsuits.

In some cases, the police officer may be arrested and charged with a crime. The officer may also be subject to an internal police department investigation.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Rookie Cop Bride-to-Be Killed in Fiery Bronx Crash

Q: Can an off-duty police officer face police misconduct charges?

Two police officers allegedly speeding through the streets of the Bronx, New York just before midnight sounds about normal. But for one pair of NYPD officers, it was anything but.

A rookie female NYPD officer was killed in a horrific single car accident in the early morning hours of Groundhog’s Day.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bronx Police Officer Faces Possible Disciplinary Action in Shooting Death

Q: Is a police officer’s shooting of an unarmed suspect ever justified?

Unfortunately, in New York City police brutality and police misconduct cases are not uncommon.

In fact on a national scope, tension between the police and the public has escalated over the past several years due in part to numerous high profile fatal interactions between the police and minority members of the public. This deterioration of relations has led in part to the rise of the Black Lives Matters and Blue Lives Matter movements.

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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.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Police Forces Expanding Use of Body Cameras

Will the use of body cameras reduce incidents of police misconduct?

Incidents of police misconduct have become a growing concern in the wake of a number of high-profile deaths at the hands of police across the country. Most notable were the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri in 2014, and the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore Maryland in April 2015, deaths that touched off a wave of riots and an ongoing protest movement. While the officer in the Ferguson incident was subsequently vindicated, and trials are pending for 6 Baltimore police officers, these deaths and other incidents of brutality and misconduct have led to demands for the use of body cameras.

Now, many police department's across the Nation say that they intend to expand the use of these devices in the coming summer, when crime rates typically rise. Proponents argue that body cameras will deter misconduct and help to document shootings and other altercations between police and citizens.

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