When law enforcement officers violate the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens, those victims have the option to file a lawsuit against the violating agencies and departments. Victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages associated with false arrest or the use of excessive force.
Under the U.S. Constitution and New York law, law enforcement officers cannot:
- Use excessive force when apprehending a suspect
- Unlawfully detain someone who is not suspected of having committed a crime
- Engage in malicious prosecution
We Hold Law Enforcement Accountable
It is notoriously difficult to get the New York Police Department to discipline its officers, even when it finds that an officer used excessive force or otherwise engaged in misconduct. Unfortunately, the criminal justice system sometimes perpetuates the use of force and other misconduct, especially toward disenfranchised segments of the population.
That is why, at Summers & Schneider, P.C., we place a priority on holding law enforcement officers responsible for the injuries they cause through police misconduct, excessive force and unlawful detainment. Our lawyers represent clients throughout New York City and all boroughs from our offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Police Brutality And Excessive Force
Police may use a certain amount of force to get a suspect to comply with an officer or if it is deemed important to public safety. For example, police may use force under the law if it is in self-defense or the defense of others. But police must use force only as a last resort, when other options have failed, and it must be reasonable force under the circumstances. NYC bans its officers from executing certain techniques, like choke holds, no matter the circumstances.
Unfortunately, excessive force and police brutality remain a serious problem throughout the city. If you or a loved one experienced excessive force during a police investigation, call us at 212-257-0522 to explore your options.
Respected Advocates In Criminal Defense And Civil Litigation
The legal team at Summers & Schneider, P.C., has earned a reputation for tenacious legal representation in criminal and civil matters, including civil rights violations. Kimberly Summers is a noted criminal defense attorney who is regularly consulted by other attorneys on criminal defense matters. Douglas M. Schneider has provided aggressive litigation services for individuals and businesses. Mr. Schneider's work on behalf of his clients and his profession has been featured in the New York Law Journal, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, The New York Times, and Forbes.
Andrew L. Hoffman, of counsel to Summers & Schneider, P.C., has spent his career defending the rights and freedoms of New York residents, particularly in police brutality and false arrest matters. In addition to his outstanding legal work protecting citizens, Mr. Hoffman has been a legal writer for Fox News and his legal writings are widely circulated.
Deadlines Exist For Filing A Civil Rights Lawsuit. Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation Today.
Victims must meet deadlines for filing lawsuits against the NYPD and other government agencies. Contact us online today to schedule your initial consultation with our experienced attorneys, and learn about your rights and options. You may also reach us at either of our offices by calling 212-257-0522.