Police Brutality: Protecting Your Rights

How Can I Protect My Rights When It Comes to Police Brutality?

Police misconduct is an unfortunate occurrence that’s becoming increasingly common in this state. For the most part, police officers pride themselves on protecting citizens and keeping our cities safe. However, like any occupation that involves power, there are some bad seeds that abuse and misuse their authority, violating the rights of citizens. A recent case was brought to our attention in Queens that represents a disturbing instance of police brutality.

The city of New York reached a $169,000 settlement with Stefon Luckey after a 2013 case of police mistreatment. The Queens man was standing outside with friends when a few police officers broke up the group by stopping and frisking them. The officers got forceful and rough with Luckey, using pepper spray to take him down to be frisked. After consulting with an attorney about the matter, Luckey was able to voice his opinion in a courtroom about the racial profiling and excessive and needless violence used by the police officers. With no visible motive for the encounter and proof of unnecessary violence, the police officers didn’t stand a chance against Luckey and his attorney.

This story is becoming one that’s heard frequently and as a citizen, it’s important to know your rights against police brutality. At The Orlow Firm, we represent those who have been mistreated by police officers to bring justice and monetary settlements due to personal injury. More often than not, police misconduct happens to victims who haven’t even committed a crime. This abuse of power is illegal, especially if it causes bodily harm or injury to the victim. If you feel you’ve been the target of excessive force used by police, contact The Orlow Firm as soon as possible. In the state of New York, you only have 90 days from the time of the incident to file a claim against the police department.

As a law firm that specializes in police misconduct cases, we hope to bring your own case to justice, just like Stefon Luckey. A formal apology for misconduct and monetary help for your injury will not correct the situation. However, it can shine a light on the mistreatment that citizens face from police officers, and can hopefully contribute to a change.

With experience in police misconduct trials, Attorney Adam Orlow is a seasoned personal injury at The Orlow Firm. He’s heard many police brutality stories and represented countless victims. Attorney Orlow states:

“It is bad enough when police officers improperly stop someone for no legitimate reason. Worse, is when officers then try to justify the encounter by creating false charges against and/or physically attacking an innocent person.  Unfortunately, events like this occur all too often in this City and victims of such police abuse are able to protect their rights in court.”

If you feel you’ve been wrongly treated by a police officer, don’t be intimidated by the legal actions you need to take to get justice. The Orlow Firm is here to help you navigate the process and receive a satisfying outcome. For a confidential and thorough assessment of your NYC police misconduct case, give our experienced attorneys a call today at (646) 647-3398.