Since the 1992 riots in Los Angeles over police violence, the public has become more aware of the existence of police brutality especially when it comes to their interactions with minorities. Since 2009, Mitchel Ashley has been a proponent of civil rights, police brutality, and wrongful arrest as the #1 NYC false arrest and police brutality attorney. As the leading police brutality lawyer NYC has to offer, his experience and compassion for victims is unrivaled. The Ashley Law Firm represents the victims of false arrest and New York City police brutality, helping them to recover the justice and the financial compensation they deserve.
Brutality and False Arrest in New York City
Over the last few years, and even more so with the 2020 news of George Floyd, the news media has drawn important attention to some critical examples of the police using undue force or taking extreme measures when trying to subdue a suspect. An NYC example of this would be Shantel Davis.
In each case, their methods caused the death of the individual they were trying to arrest. Statistics show that between the years 2010 and 2012, there were 1,217 deadly shootings by police officers. Of those, the data shows that blacks between the ages of 13 and 19 are 21 times more likely to be shot than their white counterparts. The same holds true for false arrests. An analysis of 300 individuals who were exonerated due to DNA testing shows that 70% of those were minorities. Racial profiling has led to unlawful arrest and the loss of specific rights granted to all individuals.
A Police Brutality Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to excessive force inflicted by a police officer or who has been falsely arrested, it is important that you hire an experienced attorney who has taken on these cases before and been successful. You need an attorney who knows what constitutes excessive force and who knows how to present your case in the most effective way. With a combination of aggressive representation and legal advice, the legal team at The Ashley Law Firm is singularly prepared to secure justice for New York NY excessive force victims.
Mitchel Ashley will fight for your dignity and will hold the police and the City of New York accountable for injuries or death and for any wrongful arrest. He will work for you to be fairly compensated for everything involved in this ordeal including medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages. The attorney client relationship is important to our firm; we guide our clients every step of the way, from filing initial claims to representing victims both inside and out of the courtroom. With the best legal advice available and our experience in supporting the victims of wrongful death at the hands of New York police, victims can recover their dignity, their rights, and the financial compensation they may be entitled to.
What is Police Brutality?
Police brutality is roughly defined as the excessive use of force when detaining or arresting individuals. In some cases, police officers escalate routine stops, resulting in injury or wrongful death. In other cases, simple misunderstandings or poor training in deescalation techniques can lead to tragedy. Police officers are sworn to serve and protect citizens. When unjustified use of force occurs, individuals and their loved ones suffer the consequences. Systemic practices and behaviors such as racism, racial profiling, and poor training on the part of police departments leads to police officer violations; these acts disproportionately affect people of color. Victims of police misconduct come from all walks of life, however, and in nearly every case, a victim or a loved one suffers.
Brutality or excessive use of force is legally defined as a violation of civil rights. Physical contact between law enforcement officials and individuals is not the only way unlawful use of excessive force can be committed; additional factors include:
- Physical or verbal intimidation and abuse
- Physical or verbal harassment
- Property damage
- Injuries both physical and mental
A victim of police brutality can be injured during an altercation. For those injured, these individuals may be unable to work and to lead normal lives. Temporary or permanent disability can result, causing financial hardships to the individual and those who rely on that person for support. In severe cases, as demonstrated by a string of incidents reported in news media, victims may die as a result of their interaction with police. A victim of police brutality and his or her loved ones may be entitled to significant financial compensation in a court of law. NYC police brutality/police misconduct is a serious concern, and victims may wish to file legal claims against police and their departments. The Ashley Law Firm can help. As an experienced police brutality lawyer, and as a firm with decades of knowledge of civil rights cases, our attorneys are ready to fight to preserve your rights and to secure justice for you and your loved ones.
What is False Arrest?
False arrest, sometimes referred to as wrongful arrest or wrongful detainment, is a condition where law enforcement officials arrest or detain someone under false pretenses. For example, an innocent passerby may be arrested by police because they look like a suspect. In some cases, police officers have used shaky or outright false excuses to justify the arrest or stop of an individual. In other cases, mistaken identity may have led to a wrongful arrest or detention. In every case, this is seen as police misconduct, which may result in penalties against the offending officer and his or her department.
Just like police brutality, police misconduct in the form of a wrongful arrest is defined as a civil rights violation. Those detained unlawfully may miss work, causing financial issues. Ruined reputations, fear, mistrust, and mental anguish are all common symptoms of unlawful police activity. Victims of civil rights violations may pursue legal cases against those law enforcement individuals responsible. They may also be entitled to financial compensation in the form of legal judgements or settlements with agencies. The Ashley Law Firm has represented hundreds of clients who are the victims of law enforcement officers misconduct, including wrongful arrest, wrongful detainment, harassment, and many more infractions of civil codes committed by NYC police. As an experienced police misconduct attorney, Mitchel Ashley is dedicated to helping secure justice for his clients.