Excessive Use of Force by Police
New York City Lawyers Fighting Back Against Police Brutality
The police are allowed to use necessary force to apprehend, subdue, and
arrest suspects. The key word being
. Sometimes cops go overboard in the heat of the moment or abuse their authority
to dish out punishment, causing serious injury or even death.
Police brutality by members of the New York Police Department is all too common, but it
is a violation of civil rights under state and federal law. If you or
a loved one suffered lasting harm because of physical abuse or intimidation
by NYPD officers, you may have grounds to sue the City.
Our civil rights attorneys of Sullivan & Brill, LLP are committed to
holding police accountable for brutality, excessive force, or unwarranted
use of deadly force. We take pride in exposing abusive officers and helping
victims obtain monetary damages for their medical care, lost income, lasting
disability, and pain and suffering. We have a successful record of
verdicts and settlements in these cases.
Protect Your Rights Against Unlawful Enforcement
While most police officers respect the constitutional boundaries placed
upon them, there are a few bad apples that take advantage of an opportunity
to mete out physical punishment with their fists, feet, or nightsticks.
A suspect who runs from police, for instance, may be beaten once the officers
catch up to him. Suspects who talk back to officers or assert their rights
are often arrested without probable cause and occasionally roughed up.
Adding insult to injury, individuals who challenge an officer's authority
are frequently charged with resisting arrest or assaulting a police officer.
Stephen Brill and
Joseph Sullivan bring years of experience in criminal defense and personal injury litigation,
giving us a distinct advantage over other firms in the area of civil rights
We can review your case for brutality or excessive use of force, such as:
- Kicks to the head or face
- Beating a handcuffed suspect
- Punitive use of Tasers or pepper spray
- Failure to call off police dogs
- Shooting an unarmed suspect
We work to obtain witness statements, video footage, hospital records,
and other evidence of unwarranted physical force, including the results
of NYPD internal investigations or independent investigations by other
municipal, state or federal agencies.
Civil Rights Advocates Serving NYC Since 2001
It is critical to
speak with an attorney immediately if you were the victim of police brutality. We will file notice within
the statute of limitations to preserve your rights, and we can address
any criminal charges relating to the incident that might prevent you from
filing suit. We offer
complimentary evaluations of your case so we can better understand the situation. This allows us
to build a strong strategy for your claim. If you are ready to take action
against the individuals who have wronged you,
contact Sullivan & Brill, LLP today. We are here to stand by your side every step of the way.