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What Is Police Brutality?

There are many types of cases of police brutality and false arrests happening every day. Whatever your situation, our team of personal injury lawyers are experienced New York police brutality and misconduct lawyers who could help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

Some possible examples of police brutality or misconduct involve:

  • Excessive physical force: There is a line to how much force an officer can use. There are situations that allow police to use force, but they need to know when and how much. There are many cases of NYPD police brutality that cross that line.
  • Implied violence: An officer has no right to threaten you with violence. This is a case of mental brutality.
  • Sexual assault: This happens in many circumstances and police officers are unfortunately not immune to committing this crime.
  • Taser injuries
  • Wrongful shootings
  • High-speed police car chases where citizens are injured

What Is A False Arrest?

False arrest occurs when the wrong person is unjustly arrested, charged and imprisoned. This is usually by law enforcement officers who have insufficient evidence or no probable cause to have made the arrest. This can be the result of poor judgement by the police but can also be done on purpose which is malicious prosecution.

Occasionally, private security firms can also be guilty of false arrest or imprisonment, for instance if they mistakenly detain someone for shoplifting.

Security guards and retail stores cannot arrest someone on suspicion, but only if the crime has actually been committed. Thus, a shopper could only be arrested by the security guard if he attempts to leave the store without paying for the merchandise.

Any person could arrest someone suspected of committing a felony, but only if the arresting person believes the other is attempting to flee the scene of crime. A person could not be arrested on suspicion of committing a felony after the fact, unless the arresting person has an arrest warrant.

Excessive Force By Police

Police are legally supposed to control a situation using the minimum amount of force possible, but instances of police brutality involving bodily injury to civilians or inmates are illegal. If a law officer denies you your constitutional rights or is physically aggressive with you, follow their directions as close as possible. For your own protection, request courtesy and say nothing more. Do your best to remain calm, do not resist as it may be used against you should you file suit. If police officers violate a person’s civil rights, they are breaking the law.

Are You A Victim Of Police Brutality Or Misconduct?

If you believe you or a loved one has been a victim of police brutality in New York, contact our team of police brutality lawyers immediately. With over 40 years of experience in personal injury law, including various cases of police brutality, our attorneys are committed to aggressively pursuing the settlement you deserve.

Contact our police brutality lawyers today for a free review of your case by calling 516-855-3715 or by filling out a contact form here.

The Law Offices of Mark E. Weinberger P.C. is located in Rockville Centre but works throughout New York.

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