Every month, new cases of New York City Police Department brutality or misconduct are reported to authorities, covered by the press or referenced in court filings. One recent New York Daily News article reported a $5.5 million settlement of a case involving police detective James Connolly, who fatally shot an Inwood resident in 2011.
Notably, the settlement took place at a time when the City was struggling to cope with five recent fatal shootings by cops in just a four-week time period. What makes the Connolly case exceptionally egregious is that the NYPD promoted the detective after the shooting.
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. Battering suspects, helping to convict people of crimes they couldn’t possibly have committed, and offering extremely weak evidence is inexcusable and unjust.
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. 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.
If you believe you’ve been the victim of police brutality or extreme police misconduct, you should immediately contact Velella & Basso. We’ll carefully investigate the facts of your case to see if they might support a successful lawsuit against the police who harmed you.
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