Police brutality, malicious prosecutions and false arrests happen with alarming frequency throughout the five boroughs of New York City. While high-profile NYPD misconduct cases such as those involving Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham, Sean Bell, the Central Park Five, and Amadou Diallo, have received national media attention, many others have not.
Police officers have dangerous and complicated jobs to be sure, but when they abuse their authority, and violate the public's trust, they can and must be held accountable. Police officers are highly trained civil servants, capable of protecting and serving the public, while upholding the constitution, testifying truthfully, and using appropriate levels of force.
In 2013, the Kings County District Attorney’s office announced the formation of a panel to review as many as 50 convictions involving a former Kings County detective, Louis Scarcella, who is alleged to have regularly sought false statements from witnesses, and whose work appears to have sent an array of innocent citizens to prison. That same year, federal Judge Shira A. Sheindlin found the New York City Police Department resorted to a “policy of indirect racial profiling” as officers routinely stopped “blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white.” More recently, in 2017, Judge Jack B. Weinstein told city attorneys to prepare for a court hearing regarding the prevalence of lying by New York City police officers and whether the New York Police Department has done too little to discipline officers who testify falsely.
If you are a victim of excessive force, false arrest, or malicious prosecution by the New York City Police Department, you need an experienced New York City police misconduct lawyer to help assert your rights, and get you the justice you deserve.
The Law Office of Andrew L. Hoffman provides professional and passionate representation for those who are victims of police misconduct, helping to ensure that officers who abuse their authority are held accountable.