Suing Rikers Island, The New York City Police Department & Department of Corrections
Although police officers and prison guards must often confront extremely dangerous situations that may require the use of force, it must be warranted and consistent with existing law. Nonetheless, police brutality continues to be a serious problem in New York. When a victim of excessive force is injured or killed by the police or a corrections officer, it takes the skills and dedication of an experienced attorney to find justice.
Michael LoGiudice, LLP routinely fights for the victims of unlawful harm or treatment at the hands of police officers and prison guards. We believe that all lives have value and every individual has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
Forms of Police Brutality
There have been numerous high-profile cases of police officers overstepping their authority, but many incidents of abuse never see the light of day. Unarmed individuals can be harmed by a number of police tactics, including:
- Tasers – These devices send a powerful electrical force through the body that can bring a person down without the use of deadly force. However, if not used properly, a taser can cause cardiac arrest, sometimes with deadly consequences.
- Pepper Spray – This non-lethal tool can be deployed to disarm individuals who pose a serious threat of disperse groups during a confrontation. However, it can trigger respiratory distress or illness if used excessively or on a person with a health condition.
- Chokeholds – Although this tactic has long been banned, police officers continue to place suspects in chokeholds, which could render a victim unconscious, causing serious bodily damage and even death.
- Assault – This form of police misconduct involves the unnecessary application of excessive force, including punching or kicking the victim, throwing the victim against a wall or the ground, or beating the victim with police batons. Assault can lead to serious and life-threatening injuries or death.
- Police shootings – In some cases, the use of force escalates beyond control and involves a shooting. Although there are specific rules for when the police are allowed to fire a weapon, suspects and innocent bystanders have been injured or killed in negligent police shootings.
If you were injured because of the negligent conduct of a police officer, it is crucial to stand up for your rights and file a police harassment claim. All members of law enforcement have a responsibility to not use excessive force that can cause harm to suspects and bystanders. Our firms is dedicated to helping victims of police brutality obtain the compensation they deserve.
Corrections Officer Abuse
Prison guards have the responsibility for maintaining the prison system while also keeping inmates safe. Although prison guards often face violent situations, some corrections officers abuse their power, sometimes using excessive force against inmates or even sexually assaulting prisoners. The violent assault of inmates is common and often involves unwarranted beating, hitting, and kicking prisoners. Unfortunately, this is very common at Rikers Island (also known as Ryker’s Island), located at 1616 Hazen St, The Bronx, NY 11370 and in Queens (Robert N. Davoren Complex, 11-11 Hazen St, East Elmhurst, NY 11370), Rikers Correctional Center, Rose M. Singer Center (Rikers Rosie’s building), 19-19 Hazen St, East Elmhurst, NY 11370, Eric M. Taylor Center and George Motchan Detention Center.
The unnecessary use of force or a weapon of a defenseless inmate can lead to serious injuries and even death. Even more shocking is sexual assault of inmates by prison guards, and prisoners are sexually victimized more often than many people realize. This form of abuse can occur verbally or through physical contact, and the latter can lead to severe physical injuries.
Whether these incidents occur in correctional facilities in New York City or nearby counties, corrections officers have a responsibility to protect inmates and to treat each prisoner equally and fairly. Despite these obligations, prison guards often bully certain inmates and severely beat helpless prisoners.
Although many inmates do not have the resources to protect themselves, it is possible to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the City other municipality to obtain compensation. These cases are complicated because the court will ultimately determine whether the prison guard was acting lawfully and will base its decision on a case by case basis. If you or a loved one was injured by the negligent conduct of a corrections officer, it is crucial to have a dedicated attorney fighting for your rights.
Dedicated Police/Corrections Officer Misconduct Attorney
The law office of Michael LoGiudice has extensive experience pursuing personal injury claims against police departments and correction facilities in the greater New York area. Although these cases are difficult to prove and the government has an unfair advantage over abused suspects and inmates, we have the knowledge and skills to level the playing field.
In order to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against New York City or another municipality, it is necessary to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days after the harm occurred. We have a proven track record of aggressively and successfully pursuing police brutality and corrections officer misconduct cases. We are committed to helping injury victims obtain just compensation and will fight for your rights. Call our office or fill out a contact form today for a free consultation.