New York Civil Rights and Police Brutality Attorneys
New York False Arrest and Civil Rights Lawyers
Under New York State and Federal law, the police must respect a suspects constitutional rights when making an arrest and taking a person into custody. The police must have probable cause before they can arrest someone and they must not use excessive force when apprehending or taking an individual into custody. If they do not respect these rights, they can be held responsible for the improper and illegal conduct. In New York, the misconduct of NYPD officers have been brought to light following a statistical study of the NYCLU of New York City's stop and frisk policy. The results of that study showed that the NYPD stopped and questioned people 685,724 times. Out of those stopped, 9 out of 10 people were not ticketed or arrested for any crime. On top of this, 55.7% of those stopped were frisked, but of those frisked a weapon was found only 1.9% of the time.
In fact, Sullivan & Brill's New York Criminal Defense Attorney, Steven Brill was recently interviewed by Lawyers.Com on his opinion and experience with New York's stop and frisk policy. In the interview, New York Criminal Attorney Steven Brill expressed his dismay in the staggering rise of stop and frisks by the NYPD. Needless to say, our criminal defense lawyers at Sullivan & Brill are well aware of the alarming increase in improper stop and frisk conduct by the NYPD and are using this conduct to better represent our clients who have been arrested and charged with a New York State or Federal crime.
Sullivan & Brill has partnered up with experienced co-counsel to bring lawsuits for false arrest, malicious prosecution and police brutality against the New York City Police Department, as well as other municipal entities and the offending officers. Victims often don’t realized that even without a serious physical injury, they may have a strong case for the violation of their civil rights. In one recent case Sullivan & Brill and co-counsel obtained a $250,000 settlement on behalf of middle eastern man that was falsely accused of scalping tickets at a well known New York City theater. He was pulled from the line, his arm was twisted behind his back and he was thrown on the ground, but he was not otherwise injured. To read more about this case, click here.
If you believe you have been falsely arrested you must act quickly. In most cases when a false arrest claim is filed against New York City or the United States Government, the claim 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 that 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.
Contact the Firm
If you or someone you care about thinks they may have had their civil rights violated or they have been falsely arrested by the police, call 212-566-1000 or complete the form at the left for a free consultation with an experienced civil rights and false arrest lawyer. Sullivan & Brill, LLP and co-counsel have filed lawsuits throughout New York City (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island) as well as Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester and upstate counties.
The firm also has an office in Bayamon, Puerto Rico staffed by an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you hire Sullivan & Brill, you can rest assured that they understand your needs and have experience and resources to secure the compensation you are entitled to.
Police Brutality/False Arrest News
March 7, 2012: Update: Charges dropped for Bronx teen beaten by cops
Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped seven charges against a Bronx teen whose brutal beating by cops was caught on video, bolstering his claims that police pummeled him without justification. The Bronx district attorney’s office admitted they could not prove Jateik Reed, 19, resisted handcuffs duri...
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February 24, 2012: Court Says Ticket Sellers for Ride Were Wrongly Arrested
The New York Police Department wrongly arrested workers last year for selling tickets on the sidewalk to a virtual helicopter ride in the Empire State Building, according to an appeals court ruling on Thursday. The arrests were made under a section of the city’s administrative code banning the ...
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February 23, 2012: Suit over Pepper Spraying Occupy Protestors
The New York Times reported that a group of University of California Davis students are suing the university over an incident that occurred during a November 18th protest aligned with Occupy Wall Street. The students were pepper-spray by police at close range and feel that their rights...
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February 21, 2012: White Grandfather Stopped and Cuffed for Walking Home with his Black Granddaughter
A white man was accosted and handcuffed by Austin police for walking home with his black 5-year-old Granddaughter. The Texas man, Scott Henson, left a roller skating rink with his granddaughter Ty and headed home on foot when he was stopped by a deputy constable who informed him that there were r...
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February 16, 2012: Lawsuit in Denver over Hundreds of Mistaken Arrests
The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado filed a federal lawsuit against the city and county of Denver citing over 500 cases between 2002 and 2009 where Denver authorities arrested or jailed the wrong person. The group claims that there is a pattern of law enforcement officers taking the wr...
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- $750,000 Settlement for Medical Malpractice Victim
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- $375,000 Settlement for Delayed Diagnosis of Ankle Fracture
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- Jury Awards $320,000 to Women with Fractured Ankle
- $250,000 Settlement Obtained for Victim of False Arrest
- $200,000 Settlement Obtain for Family of Man that Committed Suicide
- $180,000 Settlement for Man with Herniated Disc
- $175,000 Settlement Obtained for Child that Sustained Hernia
- $135,000 Settlement for Injury from Fall in Store
- $130,000 Settlement for Women that Tripped on Sidewalk and Fractured Wrist
- Slip on Ice Causing Knee Injury Results in $95,000 Settlement
- $90,000 Settlement for Women with Herniated Disc
- $88,000 Settlement Obtained for Man Who Injured Wrist in Car Accident
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