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Police Brutality or Misconduct Cases

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Impact of the Garner Case on Police Misconduct in NYC


Q: What legal proceedings can follow a police misconduct allegation?

New York City police brutality and misconduct attorneys, as well as the rest of the nation, have been watching the case that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement work its way through the system for five years. 

In July, 2014, an African-American man named Eric Garner died while NYPD police were trying to arrest him. The man, suspected of illegally selling loose cigarettes, was reportedly put in a chokehold by a white officer during the police takedown which was captured on video.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Should police body cam footage be public or confidential?


New York City police misconduct and police brutality attorneys are watching with interest the legal battle over whether or not police body camera footage can be shown to the public. Recently, a mid-level appeals court in Manhattan said that it can. 

The recent ruling—which may be appealed by the Police Benevolent Association Union (“PBA”) –pits the PBA against the New York Police Department (“NYPD”) and several other unions, agencies, and groups.
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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Is playing Russian roulette negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior?


When New York police brutality and misconduct attorneys get called with inquiries on whether they have a case, it’s often stemming from a police officer’s alleged brutality or misconduct against them or one of their loved ones.

But a recent incident allegedly involving a game of Russian roulette among three St. Louis Police officers could result in a wrongful death lawsuit in addition to the criminal charges already filed.
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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.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

When Police Misconduct Causes Injuries


Q: Can I sue an off-duty cop for personal injuries received?

While in the vast majority of cases, NYPD officers conduct themselves honorably and serve and protect the public well, New York police brutality and police misconduct lawyers sometimes see an uglier side of the shield. 
In fact, sometimes the behavior of police officers, whether on-duty or off-duty, can injure or kill people and result in a Read more . . .


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Death After Police Taser Incident Stuns Bronx Victim’s Family


Q: Is a stun gun death a wrongful death?

Third time's a harm.

That's apparently the thinking behind a Bronx wrongful death lawsuit that a grieving sister says the family is bringing against the NYPD and the police officer who allegedly used a stun gun to subdue her brother, who then died from cardiac arrest.

It's common for personal injury or wrongful death cases stemming from altercations between civilians and police officers to result in allegations of police brutality or police misconduct.
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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.
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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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