New York City False Arrest & Imprisonment Lawyers
NYPD Civil Rights Abuses
Police officers cannot single out citizens at random, conducting pat-downs
or making traffic stops because the person
might be guilty of something. This goes against the U.S. Constitution. The New
York City Police Department has in fact violated the basic civil rights
of millions of people through its "
Stop and Frisk" policy.
Under the guise of deterring crime, this abuse of authority has resulted
in humiliating harassment of innocent citizens, illegal searches and excessive
physical force. Many New Yorkers have been handcuffed, roughed up, interrogated,
and even jailed and charged with crimes after being
arrested by police on the street. Furthermore, a statistical study by the New York Civil Liberties Union
(NYCLU) shows that young African-American and Latino men are disproportionately
targeted for stop-and-frisk.
If you were the victim of false arrest or imprisonment in New York City,
or suffered an injury due to improper law enforcement conduct,
contact Sullivan & Brill, LLP. Whether or not you suffered injury, we can fight for your rights. We
understand the policies behind police stops and grounds for detainment,
and we can help you in your legal matter.
Pattern and Policy of Civil Rights Violations
In New York, the misconduct of NYPD officers has been brought to light
following the NYCLU's analysis of the Department's stop-and-frisk
policy. This study showed that the NYPD stopped and questioned people
685,724 times in 2011, an unprecedented show of force and violation of
rights. Further breakdowns show:
- Out of those who were stopped, 9 out of 10 people were not ticketed or
arrested for any crime.
- Frisks are supposed to be conducted only when police have a reasonable
suspicion that the person is carrying a weapon that might endanger the
officer. In reality, more than half (58%) of people who were stopped were
subjected to pat-downs; of those cases a weapon was found only 1.9% of the time.
- In 70 out of 76 NYC precincts, African-Americans and Latinos made up more
than 50% of the stops. In 33 precincts, these minorities accounted for
90% of the stops. Many precincts with the lowest minority populations
were among the highest rates of minority stops.
"Stop and Frisk" is nothing more than an excuse for racial profiling,
and it is an affront to every New Yorker's rights and dignity to be
accosted for the "crime" of walking down the street or driving
a car. If your rights have been violated by the NYPD, call our firm to
free consultation to work one-on-one with our attorneys
Victims of police misconduct may have a civil rights case even without
a serious injury. In a recent case, Sullivan & Brill, LLP and co-counsel
obtained a $250,000 false arrest settlement on behalf of a Middle Eastern
man who was falsely accused of scalping tickets outside a well-known Manhattan theater.
Trusted Legal Counsel You Need and Deserve
If you believe you have been falsely arrested, you must act quickly. In most cases a false arrest claim against New York City or the United
States Government must be filed within a certain period of time or else
you may be legally prohibited from filing a false arrest claim.
It is also important that you speak to a New York attorney who handles
false arrest claims,
before your underlying criminal case is resolved. Certain criminal convictions may preclude you from filing a viable false
arrest claim. Furthermore, if you have filed a complaint with the
civilian complaint review board (CCRB) in connection with your arrest, it is important that you maintain the
arresting officer's name and badge number, and the CCRB's case
number for your records.