For years, African-Americans and Latinos in New York have been subjected to intrusive "stop and frisk" tactics by New York police officers. In these actions, individuals have been stopped, searched, and hassled by officers investigating alleged crimes.
In August 2013, a U.S. district judge ruled that in doing so, the New York Police Department has been willfully violating individuals' constitutional rights, by profiling them based on their skin color alone. The judge has appointed a monitor to investigate NYPD's actions and to develop new color-blind policies.
If you were one of the people unfairly detained, you have a right to feel outraged at your treatment. And now that the U.S. District Court has spoken, you may have additional grounds to initiate legal action in the form of a false arrest or excessive force lawsuit, seeking justice for the wrongs done to you.
Sullivan & Brill, LLP: Advocacy You Can Trust
Sullivan & Brill, LLP is a law firm dedicated to holding wrongdoers responsible for their actions. We seek answers and justice for people whose rights have been violated by police officers and others in authority. If you have been falsely detained or imprisoned as the result of NYPD's stop and frisk policy, Sullivan & Brill, LLP will fight for you.
When we represent you, we will undertake a comprehensive investigation of the events leading to your detention, documenting the wrongdoing committed by the police. If we are successful in your lawsuit, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the time you were detained and other damages.
Were your civil rights violated by New York's stop and frisk law?
You have the right to remain secure in your person and possessions in the absence of reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime. Our attorneys at Sullivan & Brill, LLP will provide vigorous advocacy, seeking justice and full compensation as permitted by law.