Police Misconduct Attorney in Manhattan
Police officers in New York City usually act in an ethical manner, dedicated to their jobs and keeping the city safe. Unfortunately, in every job, there are people who don’t live up to what is expected of them. Police misconduct happens far too often in our society and in some of the more extreme cases, people can become seriously injured or even killed because of an officer that has wrongfully abused their power. If you or a loved one has been unfairly targeted or even injured by a police officer, you may be able to take legal action in an effort to find justice. Our firm has significant experience handling all police misconduct cases, including:
- Police brutality
- False arrest
- Malicious prosecution
When your rights have been violated or you are the victim of serious injury caused by unnecessary excessive force, you need to talk with an attorney. To discuss your situation, contact Swerling Law today to schedule a consultation.
What is Considered Police Brutality?
Police brutality is a serious issue There are, of course, situations where a law enforcement officer has no other choice but to use force when dealing with a person who is breaking the law. There are certain tools, such as tasers and pepper spray, that can make subduing a dangerous person easier. With that said, police officers must be careful not to abuse their power and overstep their authority. When an officer uses these tools on someone who is truly not posing a serious threat, there may be a case for brutality. Another common issue is the unlawful use of chokeholds, despite the fact that they are prohibited. If you have been the victim of excessive force, try to obtain any witness information available to you, as this can be critical in corroborating your story.
Recovering Compensation for Police Brutality
If you have been the victim of police brutality, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Swerling Law may be able to help you recover compensation for your emergency medical bills, other medical expenses, lost wages, lost future wages, pain and suffering, and wrongful death. Of course, it is critical that you speak with an experienced attorney if you believe that you were wrongfully targeted or the victim of excessive force. Contact Swerling Law today.
Police brutality is not the only form of police misconduct we handle at Swerling Law. If you come in contact with the police, you have rights that need protecting. For example, a false arrest is a significant violation of your rights and deals with people that were arrested or detained without legal justification or arrest warrant. You may be entitled to compensation for your experience under civil rights code section 1983. If you believe you have been falsely arrested or detained, please contact Swerling Law to discuss your case.
Malicious Prosecution is a civil claim for damages that can be brought against the police in cases where you are falsely sued or prosecuted. These cases often involve criminal charges, but can also involve any civil case as well. For example, if you were arrested for theft, but there was no evidence to prove it was you, you may have a case of malicious prosecution. If you lost custody of your children because child protective services took them without evidence of you being unfit, this is an example of a civil case. If you or a loved one have experienced this situation, please contact our firm to discuss your situation.
Contact a New York City Police Misconduct Attorney
As much as we appreciate all the hard work that the NYPD does to keep our city safe, there are always exceptions who fail to meet the standards and violate the safety of innocent citizens. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured because of excessive use of force, falsely arrested or faced malicious prosecution, you can count on Swerling Law to help you find the justice you deserve. Contact Swerling Law today to schedule a consultation.