Many law enforcement officers do their job ethically and responsibly. They place their lives on the line to maintain law and order, to improve the quality of life for all citizens, and to protect the lives of you and your loved ones.

It is a stressful and dangerous job, and police officers are entitled to use reasonable force when necessary to protect themselves and bystanders.

As we see in so many recent news stories, the use of force often isn’t clear cut, and the use of force may be shrouded in questions about whether the person who was the subject of police force actually did anything to merit the use of force, or whether a police officer’s beliefs about the danger to himself or others in the situation were reasonable.

We rely on police to protect us and our communities, and when police use force in situations where they shouldn’t, it can create a breach of trust between law enforcement and the people who police are sworn to serve and protect.

What can you do when an officer’s actions to subdue a suspect become illegal?

There are a number of NYC police brutality cases in which officers abuse their power by using “excessive force” — in other words, any force that exceeds the necessary means to subdue a suspect and keep police and others in the immediate vicinity safe.

The moment a suspect is no longer resistant, further action taken against that suspect is considered excessive and violates an individual’s constitutional rights.

It is tragic if you have suffered damages or a serious loss due to police brutality. Though these incidents are rare, these cases do sometimes happen, and it can be overwhelming and intensely emotional when it happens to you or to a loved one.

You may be afraid to step forward and enforce your rights, but it is important that you make it known when you, a friend or family member have been abused by a police officer.

It is your constitutional right to hold the police officer accountable for taking action — and that action may take the form of pursuing compensation for the injuries or damages that you suffered at the hands of law enforcement.

If you have reason to believe that you have been a victim of police brutality or have suffered personal injury or the wrongful death of a loved one due to the excessive use of force by law enforcement, our personal injury lawyers at Oliveri and Schwartz will listen to your story and advise you on how to best proceed.

Call today at 800-427-9546 for immediate help.