Binghamton Police Brutality Lawyers

Police Brutality Must Be Stopped

Across the country and in recent months, police brutality incidents have dominated headlines. In many cases, people who were peacefully protesting police brutality were met with the very police brutality they were trying to stop by protesting. Here in New York, Daniel Prude was killed by police officers in March 2020 who suffocated him to brain death and used a controversial spit hood on him. The time to demand that police brutality comes to an end is right now, and all upstanding citizens must do their part.

Our Binghamton police brutality attorneys at The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP are hoping to help restore the legitimacy of the criminal justice system by representing local victims and survivors of police brutality. With a successful police brutality lawsuit, we can help our clients find closure and a sense of justice, but we can also convince police departments to terminate overly aggressive officers unfit for the role. If you have been subjugated to the abuse of a police officer, then coming forth with a claim can also bolster the confidence of others in your community who might then file claims of their own, continuing the chain of true justice.

Our law firm can file police brutality claims against the following parties:

  • Binghamton Police Bureau
  • Broome County Sheriff’s Office
  • Neighboring police departments
  • Law enforcement groups throughout the Western Tier

Help us hold police bad actors responsible. Call (855) 465-4622 to schedule a free, confidential case evaluation.

Police Brutality & Misconduct Claims

Let us know if you or a loved one have suffered due to:

  • Civil asset forfeiture: When a piece of property is connected to the occurrence of a crime, the police can seize it. Civil asset forfeiture can be abused, though, if a police officer takes a piece of property without due cause or for their own benefit.
  • Excessive force: Police officers should only use force when it is required to protect someone from immediate harm. However, force has become the go-to for many police bad actors, such as pushing suspects to the ground despite them not showing any dangerous signs of resistance.
  • False arrest: In order to damage the reputation of someone, a police officer might commit a false arrest, which means arresting them without due cause nor the intent to pursue charges against them.
  • Illegal search and seizure: Your right to privacy and bodily autonomy can be violated through illegal search and seizures conducted by the police. To conduct most searches, the police need a warrant or have reason to believe that harm will occur if a search does not take place immediately. Bad actors will forgo these requirements, though.
  • Racial profiling: If a person is stopped, interrogated, arrested, or harassed due to their race, it is a form of police misconduct called racial profiling.
  • Sexual assault: As unthinkable as it might be, many people have complained during 2020 anti-police brutality protests that they were sexually assaulted and molested by officers who took them off the street and into undisclosed locations.
  • Wrongful shootings: The most dangerous forms of police brutality are wrongful shootings. Police officers must use extreme discretion before drawing their firearm, and then be even more careful before discharging it. At least, this high standard is what is written on paper and included in police training exercises. In reality, it seems that more and more police officers have become dangerously comfortable with using their service weapon the first moment that a criminal suspect does not comply with orders, such as shooting an unarmed suspect in the back as they try to flee.

Controversial Qualified Immunity

Police officers in Binghamton and beyond are protected by a special law called qualified immunity. Under this broad legal protection, police officers cannot be held accountable for wrongdoing unless the exact same type of wrongdoing had already been outlined and penalized in “clearly established” law. Even if the average person would reasonably understand that what the police officer did was wrong and unlawful, qualified immunity can shield that officer from accountability and liability in many circumstances.

For example, imagine if a Binghamton police officer shot a suspect in the back after catching them in the act of vandalizing a storefront. Qualified immunity is so strongly protective that a court could technically rule that the officer’s actions were excusable because there was no “clearly established” law that prohibited the use of a firearm against a vandalism suspect facing away from an officer in Binghamton or Broome County.

Qualified immunity sets the evidential bar to prove a police officer’s wrongdoing incredibly high. Many civil rights groups have argued that it practically grants the police a “pass” to commit any crimes they want, and so it must be repealed. In the meantime, though, you need to work with an experienced police brutality lawyer who knows how to collect and utilize evidence of abuse to maximize your case’s chances of overcoming the evidential burden created by qualified immunity.

Together, We Can Fight for a Better Tomorrow

Police brutality is a systemic issue that we all need to confront if we want our communities and the entire country to be safe and fair for everyone who lives here. The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP and our Binghamton police brutality lawyers are here to amplify your voice if you were hurt or lost a loved one to police brutality in any of its many forms. We will stand with you and demand that justice be restored and carried out as it was intended, not how police bad actors have decided to manipulate it.

Compensation will not undo the unthinkable harm that an abusive police officer has done. It can help you find financial stability again, though, while also keeping the nation’s attention on this problem that needs correction and fast.

Contact us now to talk with our team about the police brutality incident you have endured.

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