Nearly every month, new cases of potential New York City police brutality or misconduct are reported to authorities, covered by the press or referenced in court filings. While many may never reach the settlement stage before they’re dismissed, dozens of others may eventually wind up costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
All too often, public officials state that most claims filed against the NYPD are false or exaggerated – yet no one can make excuses for the terrible damage done to so many people’s lives by the misconduct of such former NYPD detectives as Brooklyn’s Louis Carcella. Helping to convict people of crimes they couldn’t possibly have committed – alleging roughing up suspects – and often offering extremely weak evidence is inexcusable.
All police misconduct shatters the public’s trust in the police force – making it more dangerous for citizens to step forward and testify as witnesses (or event to report serious crimes).
The statistics shared below provide a clearer picture of the number of police misconduct cases regularly filed by citizens. However, as is noted in a September 2018 New York Post article, the published reports of many of these cases are often filled with errors – including many cases that just aren’t listed since they settled prior to trial.
Concerned citizens are now asking important questions about why New York City has paid out $384 million during one recent five-year period to settle the many cases that have been brought alleging extreme forms of police misconduct and the use of excessive force.
What limited and incomplete statistics reveal about NYC police misconduct
Continued access to accurate statistics and the reporting of the real stories of abuse they represent is crucial. One recent New York Times article noted that the $5.5 million settlement of the case involving police detective James Connolly took place right when the city was struggling to cope with five recent – fatal – shootings by cops in just a four-week time period.
Some well-known New York City police misconduct cases
Africa was standing in the doorway of his own home when four policemen mistakenly
thought he was the rapist they were pursing. All four officers opened fire, shooting 41 times at this young man and killing him. Diallo was unarmed – and as this New York government website notes — he had come to this country determined to get a good education, work hard and then realize the American dream. Instead, he was senselessly murdered.
If you believe you’ve been the victim of police brutality or extreme police misconduct, you should immediately contact our New York City police misconduct law firm.
We’ll carefully investigate the facts of your case to see if they might support a successful lawsuit against the police who harmed you. Rest assured that we always fight hard to win the maximum compensation available to cover all your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and other losses directly caused by your injuries.
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