NYC to Step Up Defense of Police Misconduct Cases
The filing of police brutality, and the Violation of Civil Rights, cases against the City of New York, have been on the rise in recent years. Now the legal division of the City, the Corporation Counsel, is forming a new legal task force to more diligently fight what the consider those case they consider without merit or frivolous. In the past, according to the City's top lawyer, the City was more likely to settle those cases for small amounts rather than fight them. This graph clearly shows the rise in cases arising from police misconduct and the increased payout by the City to settle them.
Plaintiff's Personal Injury attorneys welcomed the news that more lawyers would be assigned to police brutality and misconduct cases as such would hopefully decrease the time it now takes for such cases to proceed from to finish. The Bronx, where more police misconduct cases are filed than in any other County, has a particularly long backlog of cases. Police misconduct cases can arise from false arrest, unlawful imprisonment, physical abuse (beatings) or other violations of civil rights. If you believe that your rights have been violated by the police you should contact a lawyer. Zalman Schnurman & Miner offers a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call us at 1-800-LAWLINE (1-800-529-5463). IT IS IMPORTANT TO ACT QUICKLY AS THERE ARE SHORT TIME LIMITATIONS THAT MUST BE MET IN FILING YOUR CLAIM AGAINST THE CITY OF NEW YORK AND/OR OTHER MUNICIPALITIES.