Civil rights cases in New York City occur across a wide range of circumstances, including when law enforcement officers use excessive force.
When you think of the term “false imprisonment” in New York or anywhere else, probably the first thing that comes to your mind is misconduct by law enforcement officials. While you are right that false arrest and imprisonment are one way in which police officers can exceed their authority, it may surprise you to know that false imprisonment also can occur between and among civilians.
Unfortunately, the criminal justice system is not always just. Sometimes criminal charges are malicious. Did the police arrest you without probable cause? Is the prosecutor filing false charges against you? If so, you may be able to file a malicious prosecution lawsuit.
Racial profiling is a despicable act where people in positions of power suspect someone has committed a crime based on the color of his or her skin. This behavior runs rampant in today's society.
It is an unfortunate reality that the police often get away with exercising excessive force without facing any punishments. In one recent development, for example, a police officer beat a man excessively outside of a bar even when the man was on the ground. The officer was recently acquitted of all charges.
Jails and prisons are filled with stories of guards and corrections officers who abuse their power. Sometimes, the guards can be quite obvious about it, beating prisoners and holding them in solitary confinement. Other times, the abuse of power takes the form of throwing food on the floor or using tear gas to force a prisoner to leave his or her cell.
It seems like a new and disturbing instance of police misconduct or unfair prosecution is in the headlines every week. All these newsworthy examples of mistreatment against people of color by the criminal justice system show how serious this problem is.
America has a reputation for being a sue-happy country. Ironically, this reputation can put some people off pursuing a lawsuit, whether it is to seek compensation for injuries suffered in a car wreck or injuries suffered at the hands of a police officer. After all, no one wants the label "gold digger."
Many people are impatient on the roads today. Whether it is due to stress, traffic congestion, an inconsiderate driver or some other trigger, there are some drivers who react aggressively to others. Aggressive behavior behind the wheel can turn deadly for New York residents. Here, we provide information on how you can reduce your chances of becoming a road rage victim.
Nothing may be more heartbreaking than the fatality of a young New Yorker, barely touching on adulthood. As reported by the New York Post, a recent deadly car accident on the Cross Bronx Expressway illustrates just how dangerous a combination youthfulness and operating a motor vehicle can be.