According to The Washington Post, as of October 9, 2019, 689 people have been shot and killed by police. Even before one can digest this fact, they are subjected to the latest headlines of police brutality across the country.
On October 13, 2019, 28 year oldAtatiana K. Jefferson was playing video games in her bedroom with her 8 year old nephew when she was shot and killed by a Fort Worth police officer. The police officers were there because a neighbor had reported the victim’s doors being ajar and had wanted the police to check if everyone was safe. Who would have thought that a neighbor’s concern would lead to death? At the same time, it’s not all that surprising that it happened at the hands of trigger-happy police.
“In the United States, police officers fatally shoot about three people per day on average, a number that’s close to the yearly totals for other wealthy nations,” reports a September 2019 news feature on Nature.com.
Mappingpoliceviolence.org presents a lot of data on police violence which is appalling. They mention facts like, “Police killed 1,147 people in 2017. Black people were 25% of those killed despite being only 13% of the population.”, and “There were only 23 days in 2018 where police did not kill someone.”
People who bear the brunt of police brutality of any degree need not feel helpless. Bronx police brutality lawyers are willing to walk with these victims of misconduct and abuse and offer guidance in getting justice. Victims can rest assured that our police brutality lawyers are aware of this violation of the civil rights law and will assist them with documenting injuries and also with the preservation of evidence. All this towards getting the abusive police officers to accept accountability for the injury, grief and suffering caused.
The Bronx police brutality lawyers are highly skilled and well equipped to help you get justice and fair compensation. This breach of trust on the part of law enforcement officers, who are supposed to be trustworthy and people whom we look to in times of need, has to be stopped. Action on your part against them is not only an important step towards putting an end to such conduct, but it will also set a precedent both for perpetrators of police brutality and their victims.
Our team of competent civil rights lawyers constantly work towards getting police officers, who have been reported for misconduct and are abusive, to accept responsibility for the pain and distress they’ve caused. The Bronx police brutality lawyers on our team handle various types of cases including: misuse of power; misuse of police weapons; physical abuse; use of unreasonably excessive force; unwarranted use of tasers, pepper sprays, etc.; sexual assault; rape; unwarranted use of attack dogs; denial of medical care and more.
Individuals are guaranteed protection under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, according to which no person shall “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Which translates to law enforcement officers not being allowed to use excessive force, enough to cause severe injury or death, as it means they are violating a person’s civil rights.
Victims of Bronx police brutality can resort to a civil rights lawsuit as per the civil rights statute (Section 1983) which states that: “Any person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress.”
The police who are supposed to make you feel safe to have been violating the civil rights of people a glaring example being the increasing stop and frisk incidents in NYC. Other forms of violations of the constitutional rights include false arrests, detaining people wrongfully, imprisoning people wrongfully, cruel unusual punishment, unreasonable searches, and deprivation of due process of law.
Our Bronx police brutality lawyers work ceaselessly to get justice for the victims of police misconduct and abuse. If you or a loved one is a victim of police brutality, call us at the earliest so we can act quickly to protect your rights.
Call 212-393-9130 to speak to a Bronx police brutality lawyer today.