Frequently Asked Questions: Civil Rights Law

It has been unfortunate to witness the rise of police brutality and government abuse in recent years. Many of these incidents have garnered widespread media attention, while others have gone unnoticed or unreported. We at The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP believe that those who have been wronged deserve to have their voices heard, and more importantly, they deserve justice.

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Is excessive force a violation of my civil rights?

Yes, it is. When a police officer exercises excessive force, it is a violation of your constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment. If you believe that your civil rights have been violated after you were a victim of excessive force, you can file a lawsuit. Males are more likely to be subjected to excessive force than women, reported the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in 2008. The BJS also found that African Americans were more likely to experience excessive force than other minorities.

How is it determined that excessive force was used?

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated 74% of individuals who were arrested by police in 2008 felt that they were subjected to excessive force. Law enforcement officials can use force in order to make an arrest. The level of force that is used is left to their discretion as long as the level of force is appropriately proportional to the circumstances of the arrest. For example, an officer can use deadly force if he or she believes that their life is in danger. A judge or jury will ultimately decide if the police officer responded or acted in a reasonable manner.

What kind of civil rights cases do you accept?

We accept a wide range of cases related to civil rights, such as those involving unlawful imprisonment, property seizures, malicious prosecution, and illegal search and seizure. Whether we are handling a police brutality or government abuse matter, we are committed to securing justice for those we represent.

Why should I hire your firm to represent me?

Our firm has ample experience with these kinds of cases. We can help you prove that you were subjected to excessive force and effectively use evidence in court on your behalf. We are known for being honest and trustworthy in everything that we do. Finally, our attorneys have worked on both sides of the aisle. Specifically, attorneys from our firm have not only represented victims of government abuses, but have represented the very municipalities and police departments we now sue. This is unique in this field, giving our attorneys a distinct advantage over those without this varied experience.

Do you offer free case evaluations?

Yes, we offer complimentary case evaluations to those who are interested in retaining our services. This initial step is done in person and allows us to better understand the details of each case. We can also answer your questions so that you can make well-informed decisions right from the start.

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If you or a loved one needs help with a civil rights matter, our firm is here for you. Our team of New York civil rights lawyers can take immediate and strategic action on your behalf. We proudly represent clients all over New York, including in Rochester. We also extend our services to those living in Hackensack, NJ.

Please call our office to learn more about how we can assist you with your civil rights law needs.