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Category: Civil Rights and Police Misconduct

January 26, 2017
This Month’s Personal Injury Wrap Up- January 2017

By Michael H. Joseph

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Our New York City police brutality lawyers have handled numerous cases for inmates who were mistreated at Rikers Islands and suffered injuries, both by guards and other inmates. While cover ups and fabricated stories to justify guards behaviors are common place, Court papers this week exposed a new low.City investigators who were investigating an inmate’s sexual assault allegations on Rikers Island lost track of key biological evidence for four days before it surfaced with signs of tampering. The inmate claims a Rikers correction officer sexually abused her in May 2013 by forcing her to perform oral sex on him and says… Read More

January 21, 2017
An Eye Opening Investigation Into Chicago’s Police Department

By Michael H. Joseph

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There is no question that the relationship between the community and police has deteriorated as a result of recent use of force cases.  Our New York police brutality lawyers know that whether the use of deadly force is deemed justified or unjustified, the gap between police and public seems to grow. Too often cases which are rules justified, really did cross the line and the failure to punish heavy handed officers sends the message that they are above the law and will not be punished, which in turn leads to more excessive force.  In Chicago, multiple excessive force complaints, coupled… Read More

October 24, 2014
Liability For Inmate Attacks Under New York Law

By Michael H. Joseph

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A common question which our New York City police misconduct attorneys hear is when can a state prison such as downstate or Sing, Sing, Fishkill or a local correctional facility like the Westchester County jail or Rikers Island in New York City be held liable for personal injuries cased when one inmate assaults another. Another common question our Westchester police misconduct attorneys hear is what do I have to do to sue for an injury I got from an assault in jail. Technically, the prisons or correctional facilities are divisions of either the State or the local municipalities. For example,… Read More

October 23, 2014
Police Department Fails To Convince Judge That The So-Called “Self-Critical Analysis Privilege” Applies To An Internal Report, Highlighting The Pitfalls Of The Controversial Privilege

By Michael H. Joseph

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Our White Plains civil rights lawyers keep on top of developments in the law concerning lawsuits against the government. The killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., occurred on November 19, 2011, in White Plains, New York. He was a 68-year-old African American, a former Marine and a 20-year veteran of the Westchester County Department of Corrections. After his Life Aid medical alert necklace was inadvertently triggered, White Plains police officers arrived at his home and demanded to be let in. Chamberlain, who wore the necklace for his chronic heart problem, tried to explain that he did not need help, and he… Read More

 
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