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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.

The parents of an "emotionally disturbed" man who was shot and killed in their apartment by a New York City police officer are reportedly questioning why the officer who killed their son was sent to their home to "calm a situation" that arose due to the son skipping his medication when “that officer has done bad things before".

In only four years on the job, the officer in question has already been involved in two known separate shooting incidents of mentally ill and/or emotionally disturbed victims. In fact, the internal investigation into the October, 2016 incident-- in which the officer’s victim survived-- had reportedly not even been completed before he was again involved in the second and fatal shooting incident that occurred just ten months later.

Although investigations are continuing in both incidents, police department sources have reportedly said that the officer appeared to have followed police protocol in both encounters.

The police commissioner reportedly stated that only about “5,600 out of the 36,000” uniformed NYPD officers have received the proper crisis intervention training to date. The police officer in question was not among them. Neither was another officer who was indicted recently for murder in the shooting death of a woman with bipolar disorder last fall.

Regardless of the outcome of the internal police investigation or whether criminal charges are levied against a police officer accused of brutality or misconduct, a victim may still be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit for their injuries. If the victim was killed, their closest surviving relatives may be entitled to sue for wrongful death.

If the victim/survivors can prove the injuries/death were the result of the negligence of another person or government agency, they may be compensated for the physical and/or emotional damages they’ve suffered. Wrongful death cases are complicated and very depending on the nature of the relationship to the victim and the particular circumstances of the case.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of police brutality or misconduct, the Goldstein Law Firm can help you seek compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation. From our offices in the Bronx, New York, we represent victims throughout New York State as well as those injured while visiting New York.

 


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