New York Civil Rights And Criminal Defense Lawyers

Month: March 2017

Police officer quits job after killing unarmed teenager

A New York law enforcement officer who killed an unarmed teenager in 2012 has resigned from his employment. The resignation came following the completion of an internal police disciplinary trial last Friday. The New York Police Department issued the news of the officer's resignation in a public statement. The NYPD said that the man quit following a police trial that ruled he was guilty on all counts. The trial ruling recommended the termination of the officer's employment. The police commissioner agreed with the trial's findings, and its recommendation to terminate employment. In the...

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Commonly asked questions about excessive force

If you have lived in the Brooklyn area for any amount of time, it is not secret that there is a lack of trust between the community and police officers. In October 2015, the New York City Department of Investigation released a report showing that excessive force is a continuous problem due to lack of training and discipline. It is important to know exactly what excessive force is and when it is appropriate to sue the police. What counts as excessive force? Generally speaking, the law allows police officers to use reasonably necessary force to arrest someone. Any action taken by law...

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What rights do I have as a prisoner?

The United States justice system exists with the intention of bringing equality to every human in society. This notion of equality does not disclude the U.S. prison population. Indeed, people in prison are there, serving time for alleged crimes. By serving that time, inmates are repaying their "debt" to society for whatever crime or crimes they were convicted of committing. Outside of being in prison, and being subject to the rules and conditions of being a prisoner, incarcerated New York residents have not lost their basic human rights afforded to them by the U.S. Constitution....

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Could this be a strategy to lower instances of police brutality?

Police brutality has become a serious problem, and a highly debated one, throughout the United States. The situation has gotten even more out of control as police officers have become the targets of violent individuals seeking aggressive retribution. The result has been nervous and trigger-happy cops who are more likely to use brutal and deadly force in situations that normally wouldn't warrant it. Statistics on excessive police violence, however, indicate an interesting trend -- as well as a potential solution that could reduce instances of police violence dramatically. The fact is that...

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Bronx jail inmate receives $425,000 settlement for injuries

A Bronx jail inmate has accepted a $425,000 settlement after suffering serious injuries. In the lawsuit, the man alleges that jail guards chose to look the other way as a fellow inmate beat him twice. Following the beating and injuries, the man said that correction officers did not report his injuries. The incident happened in February 2015 at the Vernon C. Bain Center. The lawsuit claims that correction officers told the victim to approach the man who beat him and confront him about smoking synthetic marijuana. Then, after he was beaten, the correction officers fabricated an incident...

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Is racial profiling destroying trust between police and citizens?

You can barely turn on the news in today's world without hearing about an incident between police and minorities, and everyone has an opinion about what happened and how it should be handled. While it may seem cut and dry when you watch the videos online, the reality is often far different than it appears to be. Law enforcement is charged with protecting the people and preserving the peace, but research shows there is huge lack of trust between minorities and law enforcement officers. What is racial profiling? If an officer targets a person for suspicion of a crime because of the person's...

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Deadly airbag maker pleads guilty to fraud

The Japanese airbag maker, Takata Corp. -- which became famous for manufacturing deadly airbags that spew hot metal shrapnel into car compartments -- has pleaded guilty to wire fraud. The auto parts maker has also agreed to a $1 billion payment for its concealment of the fact millions of defective and dangerous airbags were installed in vehicles throughout the world. In a monumental plea deal, Takata and the U.S. Justice Department agreed to the above terms in a federal courthouse in Detroit on a recent Monday. The guilty plea was entered by Takata's chief financial officer (CFO). In...

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