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Officer will not face charges for excessive force

In another case of a police officer using excessive force against an unarmed black man, video evidence shows an officer using a taser against a man sitting on the ground. The video, which is available on Facebook, has amassed millions of views. In an upsetting turn of events, the New York Times recently reported that the officer in question will not face any disciplinary action. 

The incident in question took place on June 28th. The video shows the officer asking Sean D. Williams to sit on the ground, and he complies. When Williams begins to pull his legs back a bit, the officer tases the man. Other cops arrive at the scene to place Williams in handcuffs. A rally held the next day saw hundreds of people marching in protest. 

How to determine if your civil rights were violated

Civil rights are rights that every person has in New York and the rest of the country. These rights protect you from various forms of discrimination, including race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, false arrest and more. When your civil rights are violated, you need to mount a case as soon as possible to protect yourself. Here's how you can determine if your civil rights have been violated.

One of the most common signs that your rights were violated is when you are denied employment or a place of residence because of your race. Employers and owners of residences are not allowed to discriminate based on race. So, if you filled out an application for an apartment and were denied after the owner realized you were African American, your civil rights have definitely been violated.

Allegations of sexual abuse of prison inmates on the rise

If you, like many others, have ever had to spend time in a New York prison, you may have firsthand knowledge of the sexual abuse problem that is becoming increasingly prevalent in correctional facilities. According to ThinkProgress, somewhere between four and 10 percent of American prison inmates suffer sexual abuse while serving time, with female prisoners more likely to become victims of such abuse than males.

Additionally, while more than 21 percent of female victims who suffered sexual abuse in prison did so at the hands of other inmates, about 7.5 percent of female prisoners suffered said abuse at the hands of prison staff members.

How long can police officers keep you at a traffic stop?

Police officers have pulled you over and explained that they did so because you had a taillight out, were speeding or driving erratically. You disagree, suspecting from past experience that you were pulled over for discriminatory reasons and could even be falsely arrested or brutalized.

You keep quiet about your suspicions, and now the police officers seem to want to slap a serious charge on you. This is despite the fact that you cooperated with police, respectfully telling them that you are not going to say anything and that you do not consent to your car being searched. They threaten to get a warrant. You say that is fine--you are still not giving your permission for them to search your car, so, yes, a warrant is necessary. How long can the police keep you waiting?

How do I know I've been falsely imprisoned?

False imprisonment is a topic that includes more than just the police. A civilian can falsely imprison another civilian. False imprisonment occurs when one person is held against his or her will by someone else who does not have the legal authority to keep that person from moving freely. False imprisonment means that the person is being held against his or her will in New York, New York.

Some examples of false imprisonment include the following:

  • You were held in a room of a house, school, or office without your consent
  • The owner of a store or a security guard detains you based on your appearance for an unreasonable amount of time
  • A patient living in a nursing home who is medicated without his or her consent by the staff
  • You were grabbed by someone else and held onto so that you would not be able to leave
  • You were held by your employer for an unreasonable amount of time for suspicion of theft that led to questioning

Understanding fabricated evidence

There are laws on the books to penalize police officers who submit false evidence to the court. This includes a New York law passed in 2013 that makes it a crime for officers of the law to make false claims in court, which occur when the officer is aware of the truth and willingly submits a different story. 

False evidence takes many forms.  

If you sustain injuries at a nightclub, can you sue?

With alcohol and drugs prevalent, many people sustain injuries from nightclubs every year. Sometimes these events hit too close to home. Take one recent instance when a man killed one person and injured four others in a Long Island nightclub. Police arrested the man and took him into custody. 

There are numerous ways for people to suffer injuries in nightclubs. They may have fallen down after slipping on a wet surface that occurred when someone spilled a drink. They may get into a fight with another patron who has had one too many drinks. The important aspect here is that you should not have to pay for medical expenses related to those injuries if a patron or the bar itself shares some blame. 

What is malicious prosecution?

Sometimes an individual hasn't done anything wrong to warrant an arrest or criminal charges. Nevertheless, the police officer -- perhaps because he or she has a personal vendetta against the defendant -- decided to arrest the person without sufficient cause. These cases are referred to as "malicious prosecution."

In most cases of malicious prosecution, the Fourteenth Amendment Comes into play. The Fourteenth Amendment protects people from wrongful arrest without sufficient cause. It also protects people from unfair search and seizure.

What does it mean for an arrest to be legal?

There are so many different ways people look at getting arrested. Some view it as a stigma. Others are so used to it they don't bat an eye when they hear of someone they know getting arrested. For some people, getting arrested can be illegal. So, we ask the question, what does it mean for an arrest to be legal? We will answer that question in today's post.

For an arrest to be legal there needs to be probable cause present. This means that the arresting officer cannot simply arrest you because they want to arrest you. There needs to be evidence, either concrete or verbal, that there was a crime committed or that a crime is going to be committed. This is a right that is protected by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

27-year-old inmate dies after medical personnel ignore her

An Alabama inmate is dead after suffering from untreated complications relating to her inflammatory bowel and Crohn's disease. According to the woman's family, medical personnel employed by NaphCare, a company that provided medical care to inmates at the Montgomery County Jail, failed to provide the woman the medical treatment that could have saved her life.

According to a recently filed medical negligence and wrongful death lawsuit, the female inmate complained repeatedly about her worsening medical condition to NaphCare medical personnel. Nevertheless, medical personnel never took the woman to see the jail's doctor nor took her to the hospital while she was suffering from pain levels she described as "10." The woman's complaints that she was in extreme pain, felt cold and clammy and the fact that she had other abnormal vital signs were ignored by the jail.

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