Rochester Police Brutality Attorneys
Amplifying the Voice of Police Brutality Victims
Watching the news in recent months and years inevitably shows a headline
about police using excessive force to restrain a criminal suspect, sometimes
to the point of killing the suspect before they are ever given a fair
chance in the criminal justice system to speak for themselves. Right here
in Rochester, New York,
Daniel Prude was suffocated to the point of brain death by police in March 2020 after
they put a controversial spit hood over his head and pressed him into
the asphalt for minutes. People everywhere are demanding that police brutality
comes to an end and that police officers who violate their duty to protect
and serve are arrested, charged, and tried in court like any other criminal offender.
At The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP, we hope to do our part in preserving
the honesty, balance, and effectiveness of the criminal justice system
by providing tenacious representation to people who have been victimized
by police brutality and now want to file a civil claim in pursuit of justice,
closure, and fair compensation. Our Rochester police misconduct lawyers
know your rights, hear your plight, and show our support for the people
in our community who we consider to be great neighbors and better friends.
If you want to know more about what you can do after being abused by police
bad actors, or if you lost a loved one to police brutality, then please
call our law firm at
(855) 465-4622 at your first opportunity.
Our law firm can work on claims filed against:
- Rochester Police Department
- Monroe County Sheriff’s Department
- Other neighboring police departments
- Law enforcement agencies throughout the Western Tier
free and confidential case evaluations for clients inquiring about police brutality claims and lawsuits.
Different Forms of Police Misconduct & Brutality
Police officers can carry out various forms of brutality and misconduct, such as:
Civil asset forfeiture: Police can take a suspect’s property if they have reason to believe
it is related to a crime. Civil asset forfeiture can be abused, though,
if property is taken without due cause and for the officer’s own gain.
Excessive force: All encounters with criminal suspects need to be handled carefully, and
force must only be used when necessary to restrain a potentially dangerous
suspect. Excessive force occurs when police violence is used without provocation,
or when force is justified but not to the degree exercised.
False arrest: To demean, belittle, or demoralize someone, police officers may commit
false arrests, which is essentially arresting and detaining a person without
ever explaining why.
Illegal search and seizure: You have the right to your privacy, which applies to your body and your
property. To conduct a search and seizure, police must go through an approved
legal process. Yet this process is often intentionally set aside by police
Malicious prosecution: When someone has been charged with a crime and prosecuted despite there
being insufficient evidence to justify the charges, it is called malicious
prosecution. The goal of malicious prosecution is often not to convict
– since the likelihood of conviction without convincing evidence
is low – but instead to destroy the reputation of the defendant
by smearing their criminal record with an arrest and charges that go to trial.
Racial profiling: Detaining, arresting, or otherwise harassing people based on their race
is one of the more common forms of police misconduct, which is called
Sexual assault: There are many stories of criminal suspects being sexually assaulted or
abused while in police custody. In 2020, during anti-police brutality
protests, many protestors who were detained complained of being groped
under the guise of a “pat down” for weapons.
Unlawful imprisonment: Anyone accused of a criminal violation must be charged within a reasonable
amount of time, sometimes just a few hours. If they are not, then they
must be released. Unlawful imprisonment occurs when someone is arrested
and kept in jail without being charged.
Wrongful shootings: There is no deadlier form of police brutality than wrongful shooting. Police
officers must only draw and discharge their weapon as a last resort and
when their life or that of another person is in immediate danger due to
a criminal suspect’s actions. Despite this expectation of duty,
many police officers in recent years have been accused of using their
weapon as a first resort, with many fatal police shootings involving a
suspect who was shot in the back and without a weapon in their hand.
What is Qualified Immunity?
Police officers are generally covered by an umbrella law called “qualified
immunity.” This controversial doctrine strips personal liability
from a police officer who is accused of violating a constitutional right
unless they acted in a way that violated a “clearly established”
law. The definition of a “clearly established” law is what
gives qualified immunity so much power, an amount of power that many people
have called unjustified and unlawful.
Again and again, qualified immunity has been interpreted as being capable
of protecting a police officer and the department that employs them from
criminal and civil liability if the officer violated someone’s rights
but not in a way that
exactly matched a previous, on-record incident. For example, imagine a Rochester
police officer uses a stun gun several times on a criminal suspect who
is holding a plastic toy baseball bat. A court could find the overuse
of the stun gun “justified” if there is no prior decision
or incident that already specifically ruled that stun gun use on a suspect
with a plastic toy baseball bat in Rochester constituted police brutality.
Due to the immense strength of and high evidential bar set by qualified
it is crucial that you pursue your police brutality claim with the counsel
of an experienced police brutality attorney.
Your Rights Mean Something – Fight for Them!
Our Rochester police brutality lawyers of The Russell Friedman Law Group,
LLP are always standing by and at-the-ready to empower our neighbors and
community members who have been wrongfully abused by a police officer
who went irresponsibly outside their duties owed to all peoples. Whether
you were wrongfully arrested, racially profiled, beaten while already
in custody, and so forth, we can help you understand and uphold your civil
rights. As local Rochester residents ourselves, we can stand with you
after your loved one was killed by the excessive force of a police officer
or officers. Together, we can honor their name by demanding justice.
We know that no amount of compensation can undo the harm you have suffered
at the hands of police bad actors. Yet it is important to realize that
you can find financial stability through a civil claim, and that important
legal reforms often come only after successful lawsuits that shine a spotlight
on an egregious issue.
We should talk about your police brutality claim in Rochester today.
Contact our firm online or dial (855) 465-4622.
Our Law Office Locations
- Rochester, Garden City, Buffalo, and Binghamton, New York
- Hackensack, New Jersey
- Derry, New Hampshire