Incidents of excessive brutality by police officers continue to be reported in New York and across the country. If you have been a victim of this type of action, you may be wondering what to do next.
Incidents of brutality continue to be reported
Police brutality has been addressed in a series of recent reforms. These measures have been adopted in New York City as well as other areas. However, many activists maintain that the measures taken have been nowhere near as thorough as they should be. Incidents involving no-knock warrants and excessive brutality, sometimes fatal, continue to be reported.
Many activists point to the fact that most reform measures seem to have been left in the hands of the police themselves. This means that further punitive actions regarding no-knock warrant shootings have been left in limbo. In the meantime, statistics regarding brutality continue to pile up without accountability.
What can you do about excessive police violence?
A number of recent measures have been put in place to offer a glimmer of hope. For example, a New York City police offer can face automatic probation if they are convicted of misusing their authority. The sticking point is getting police authorities to acknowledge that such a breach of trust has been committed.
You have the right to file a claim if you believe you have been the victim of excessive force by a police officer. It’s a good idea to learn more about your options in this regard. Meanwhile, city and state authorities continue to wrangle over how to solve this pressing issue and prevent injury to their residents.