New York, New Jersey and Nationwide
Those in positions of authority, such as police officers, are required to protect and defend citizens against potential harm, including arresting and prosecuting criminals and dangerous individuals. But sometimes a law enforcement officer can take it upon his or herself either individually or in a group to punish or subjugate an individual by using excessive force. This type of treatment is called police brutality.
Police brutality may include:
- Abusive or profane language
- Physical violence
- Threats of violence
- Approaching with a drawn firearm or prodding with a nightstick
- Field stops and searches
Police brutality may also include false arrest or false imprisonment.
Responding to Police Brutality
If you feel you have been the victim of police brutality you should respond using the following methods:
- Comply with the officers’ orders – An officer or officers who perceive you as resisting arrest or posing a threat to those around you may feel justified in using physical force to detain you.
- Be respectful, no matter what – Even if you disagree with how you are being treated, you should not protest in violent or threatening language which might incite violence against you.
- When you are in a safe place, contact your attorney – You have a legal right to a phone call, and in most cases that call should be placed to an individual who knows your rights and can protect them.
Struggling against a law enforcement officer is likely to cause more harm than good. Unfortunately, sometimes a law enforcement officer exercises police brutality to a point that causes death. The families of these victims can often file a claim of wrongful death.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of police brutality in New York or New Jersey, please contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Morelli Ratner PC today. We serve clients throughout the New York City area, including the Bronx.