New York City Police Brutality Attorneys

Police officers are armed with guns, tasers, extendable batons, mace, and most are trained in hand to hand combat. The NYPD is one of the most highly trained police forces on the planet. When a police officer makes an arrest, under Federal & State law they are only allowed to use the amount of force reasonably necessary to help secure an arrest. Unfortunately, as we have seen for decades, officers sometimes ignore Federal & State laws and may sometimes use an amount of force that the law deems excessive. Actions like that tend to wind up severely injuring the very people that those officers are sworn to protect. These injuries can take the form of:

  • Broken Bones
  • Head Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Strangulation
  • Concussions
  • Lacerations & Scarring
  • Nerve Damage
  • Paralysis
  • Sprains & Bruises

However, defining the amount of force that is reasonably necessary under the circumstances can be complex. For example, if there is no probable cause to arrest in the first place, even the slightest amount of force can be considered excessive. But, even where there is probable cause, an officer may only use an amount of force reasonably necessary to secure the person being arrested. In addition, following an arrest, that officer must also continue to act within the bounds of the law. For example, officers are not permitted to excessively handcuff an individual nor are they permitted to leave individuals unrestrained in police vehicles in a manner that is likely to cause injury. They are also forbidden from engaging in dangerous or reckless conduct in pursuit of a fleeing suspect. On the other hand, if an officer “reasonably believes” that an individual poses a risk of safety to themselves or others, more extreme force – even deadly force – may be legally permitted under the circumstances.

Contact an expert Police Brutality Attorney at Cohen & Fitch LLP

Understanding how these concepts operate is difficult and while many lawyers may understand “injury” cases, excessive force claims against law enforcement are a different animal and the wrong strategic move at any point in the litigation can mean the difference between success and failure. Therefore, having an attorney who understands how these legal concepts operate in practice is essential to your ability to pursue a successful excessive force claim against the NYPD.

For years Cohen & Fitch LLP has successfully litigated hundreds of excessive force claims on behalf of their clients. Over the last ten years of civil rights litigation, Cohen & Fitch has never failed in obtaining compensation for any victim of excessive force. Our determination and knowledge in these cases has been the key to victory in these cases and has even breathed new life into claims that had been all but lost. If you feel that you have been the victim of police brutality, contact Cohen & Fitch LLP for a free case evaluation.

Over $600 Million In Verdicts & Settlements

Get in touch with our experienced attorneys

Fill out the form below