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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Acceptable Use of Force by Police

Q: What use of force constitutes police brutality?

New York police brutality and police misconduct attorneys know that such cases are fairly common. Whenever there is an interaction between the police and the public – – whether the suspect resists or not– – the potential exists for excessive use of force by the police when handling the suspect.

Police are mandated to control situations using the minimal amount of force required. When an officer exceeds that level of force in a given situation and bodily harm to a civilian results, a police brutality case may be appropriate. In addition, if an officer fails to uphold someone’s civil rights, they may also be in legal hot water.

Police body-cam videos can be valuable evidentiary tools in police brutality or police misconduct cases.

Recently, a man reportedly "on probation after pleading guilty to a DUI-related charge and with prior arrests for drugs and weapons" consented to a police search after a vehicle he was a passenger in was pulled over for driving without headlights.

A scuffle reportedly ensued and escalated, resulting in a serious cut behind the suspect’s right here that required hospital attention. The police officers involved in the arrest and transport to the hospital reportedly mocked the suspect while he was bleeding heavily on the hospital floor. An investigation is pending.

Police brutality allegations often arise in incidents of:

  • excessive force

  • false arrest

  • false imprisonment

  • wrongful shootings

  • taser injuries

  • high-speed police car chases

  • racial profiling

  • improper police activities

If you believe you've been the victim of police brutality or police misconduct, the Law Office of Ryan S. Goldstein, PLLC can help. We perform an investigation to determine whether police had probable cause to arrest or detain you, whether they violated your due process and civil rights, and whether they used excessive force in handling you. If they have, we aggressively pursue legal action in an effort to obtain compensatory damages on your behalf. Contact us for a free consultation.

From our offices in the Bronx, New York, we represent victims throughout New York City and New York State, including those injured while visiting New York.


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