Occupy Wall Street Protesters: Police Brutality

This is Part 2 of our 5 Part Series on Legal Rights for Occupy Wall Street Protesters. Please join the discussion on our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gunzburg-Law-New-York/114302128603525

“We’d just beat people in general…to show who was in charge.” Sounds like an angry high school student or prison inmate, right? Think again. That’s former NYPD officer Bernard Cawley at the Mollen Commission hearings. He had a reputation so fierce for beating people up or “tuning them up” that he earned the nickname The Mechanic from his peers. The textbook definition of police brutality is the intentional use of excessive force, usually physical- by a police offier, prison officer or other law enforcement officer. Yet verbal attacks and psychological intimidation by a police officer can fall under this category as well. And all of it falls under the larger umbrella of “police misconduct” in New York.

If you or someone you know has sustained physical injuries from a police brutality case, contact a New York Police Brutality Lawyer at Michael Gunzburg, P. C. today.

Michael Gunzburg, P.C. are experienced New York police brutality lawyers familiar with the laws that govern such misconduct. Nothing is worse than being violated by the very people that the government hires to protect you. We understand the sensitive nature of going against the governmental authorities and as New York Police Brutality Lawyers we know how to navigate through the legal system and get you the justice and compensation you deserve.

There are many good and valiant members on the New York City Police Department. The Police Department stands ready to assist the city’s citizens and in many instances there are police officers who serve our community well. However, there are always a few bad apples. When these few police officers act in an offensive and illegal manner (and use excessive force or intentionally beat their victims), that can change a person’s life forever. Sadly enough, police brutality is a longstanding problem. Over a decade spanning from the late 1980s to the late 1990s Amnesty International collected information on over 90 cases of alleged ill treatment or excessive force by New York City police officers. Reported injuries included cases where victims were struck by an officer’s fist or baton generally after minor disputes with officers on the street. The most extreme cases of police brutality resulted in civilian deaths. Amnesty’s investigation revealed that the code of silence in which police officers refuse to testify against their own often contributes to impunity. In street parlance, its known as the blue wall of silence. In certain instances, it makes investigating the facts surrounding a police brutality case even more difficult to establish and then prove in a court of law. If you’ve been the victim of excessive force or police brutality, and suffered permanent or serious injuries, don’t keep it to yourself. Get the help you need.

Michael Gunzburg is a New York Police Brutality Lawyer serving the New York metropolitan area including New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Orange County.

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