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Police brutality in Brooklyn from a lawyer's perspective

These days, you do not have to look far to hear about police misconduct. Media reports about false arrests and police brutality abound in all areas of the nation. New York is no exception and has had its share of reports detailing police misconduct. There is little doubt that some of these reports are not true. However, you should never forget that many of the reports are entirely accurate.

As attorneys who have seen the seamy side of Brooklyn, we understand that it is difficult to be a police officer in the modern world. There exists any number of ways that a potential suspect can harm an arresting officer. It is probably safe to say that many police officers in New York legitimately fear for their safety, but this does not give them the right to mistreat other people.

While the laws on the use of force by police officers do permit some leeway in regards to self-protection, the level of force must be proportional to the threat. The National Institute of Justice outlines a graduated method of force for police officers to use in deescalating a threatening situation. These run the gamut from mere police presence as a deterrent to the proper use of nonlethal and lethal force.

We do not wish to besmirch the reputations of the fine men and women who police the Brooklyn area. However, we do want to tell the victims of false arrest or police brutality that legal remedies do exist. Civil rights violations and outright abuse should be addressed so that others do not suffer a similar fate. Please see our website for additional information.

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