Exercise Your Rights After Experiencing Excessive Force By Police Or Police Brutality
For many of us, just about any interaction with the police can be intimidating. These armed officers have a lot of power and one wrong word can have serious consequences for the people interacting with them.
When an officer decides to use physical force in any situation, it can be genuinely traumatic and result in substantial harm. This is also known as police brutality. There are many hostile encounters with police in New York City every day, and it’s not a secret that sometimes these encounters result in serious injuries or even death. That knowledge alone, and the fear that in can cause during an encounter with police, is practically an injury in itself.
For those affected by excessive police use of force, the potential injuries can be very severe. Potential injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Gunshot wounds
- Brain injuries
- Heart problems or other organ damage related to use of a taser
- Wrongful death
- Emotional harm
If you have experienced excessive force at the hands of the City of New York Police Department or any other law enforcement agency, you have a right to seek justice in the form of financial compensation for the harm you have suffered. Money damages may be recovered by you as a result of any permanent injuries, harms and other losses suffered including a violation of your civil rights which are protected under the Constitution. In the event of a wrongful death due to excessive force by a member of the Police Department, loved ones who have suffered a monetary loss due to the death of a loved one may recover money damages in addition to the award of damages for any conscious pain and suffering caused as a result of excessive force by the police.
At the Law Offices of Ira M. Perlman, P.C. & Robert D. Rosen, P.C., we are aggressive advocates for our clients’ civil rights. We will listen with attention and empathy to the details of your story, and we will work with you to take appropriate legal action and secure for you the compensation you deserve.
What Constitutes Excessive Force?
Police officers are empowered to use physical force to enforce the law, but all too often, officers use too much force and do unnecessary harm to the people they are interacting with. Once force is applied, these encounters can quickly get out of control, and the courts do not always care “who started it” so much as whether certain specific legal violations were committed – either by the officer or the civilian they approached.
But there is plenty of gray area in that definition, and the public record shows that officers frequently go beyond what can be considered reasonable.
You Can Respond To Excessive Force With Legal Action
If you have experienced excessive force by a law enforcement officer, you have rights, and you can use them to obtain justice. We will help you understand your legal options, and we will work with you to create a legal strategy tailored to your needs.