Police brutality is defined as a civil rights violation that occurs when a police officer uses an excessive or inappropriate amount of force with regards to a civilian. This can be in the form of physical force, assaults, verbal attacks, or threats made by correctional officers, sheriff officers, federal agents, and state and local police. As a civilian, you have rights and deserve to be aware of the full scope of your legal options. In light of recent current events, this is more important than ever.
Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP offers representation to victims of police beatings and injuries due to excessive force by an officer or another law enforcement official. If you were injured by a police officer, whether during a recent protest or at any other time or under any other circumstances, reach out to our New York police brutality lawyers for the dedicated and aggressive legal representation you need.
When most people think of “police brutality,” they think of unwarranted beating or an unnecessary shooting. And, indeed, those are both forms of police brutality, but it can also take many other forms that those in custody may not be aware of. In fact, many people who have been detained, arrested, or taken into custody do not realize that what they have experienced is police brutality, mistaking these acts as lawful tactics taken by law enforcement officials.
In fact, police brutality and excessive force take many forms, including but not limited to:
At our firm, we understand how important it is to act quickly in collecting physical evidence, as well as obtaining witness statements. Video evidence can also be invaluable to your case. We work quickly and efficiently to obtain pertinent information and build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
Depending on the situation, there are standards of force that a police officer is allowed to apply during an arrest. Our firm will conduct exhaustive investigations to determine if the use of force was excessive and unlawful, as well as whether the behavior was carried out by a rogue officer or agent or whether it was part of a larger, sanctioned form of behavior.
It’s important to note that a personal injury or wrongful death claim, both of which can be filed after an instance of police brutality or excessive force, is separate from any criminal proceedings that may—or may not—occur. You are entitled to file a civil claim even if no charges are brought against the officer(s) in question or if the charges are dropped. In contrast to a criminal case, a successful civil claim does not result in criminal penalties but, rather, in a financial recovery for the victim(s). While no amount of financial compensation can undo the devastating event and challenging aftermath you and your family have been through, it can provide a sense of justice and allow you the ability to heal, receive proper medical treatment, and begin the process of moving forward.