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Monday, June 29, 2020

Police Brutality and Reform in New York City

Q: Have recent protests resulted in police reform in New York?

Long before George Floyd’s tragic death at the hands —and knees—of Minneapolis police, police brutality attorneys in New York and other American cities have been helping victims of police misconduct and brutality recover compensation for their injuries.

This most recent death rekindled the Black Lives Matter movement to a new level of outrage and sparked weeks of protests across the country demanding police reform and defunding of the police department.

What is police brutality or misconduct?

Police brutality or misconduct may arise when police use more than the minimal amount of force required to control a situation, or if they violate a victim’s civil rights or due process.

Examples of police brutality or misconduct

Incidents of police brutality and misconduct may arise due to:

  • excessive use of force
  • false arrest
  • false imprisonment
  • wrongful shooting
  • taser injuries
  • high speed police car chases
  • racial profiling.

The protesting efforts have reportedly led to the proposal and adoption of state and city level protocol changes within the police departments. In Albany, legislators agreed on statewide changes that would require “the disclosure of personnel records” of police to improve transparency as well as banned “chokeholds that result in serious injury or death”.

The New York City Council went even further.

Changes in police protocol for the NYPD will include:

  • completely banning chokeholds
  • banning “sitting, kneeling or standing on a suspect’s chest and back during an arrest”
  • issuing annual reports on the use of surveillance technology and safeguarding privacy measures
  • a system for “identifying officers with a history of complaints and disciplinary problems”
  • standardizing police discipline
  • releasing police punishment guidelines to the public
  • requiring that police badge numbers and rank are clearly visible, and
  • “codifying the public’s right to film police activity” (as recommended by the Brooklyn Public Advocate).

If you or a loved one has been a victim of police brutality or police misconduct, the Law Office of Ryan S. Goldstein can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

From our office in the Bronx, New York, we represent police brutality and police misconduct victims and their families throughout New York City and New York State as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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