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Knowing Your Rights: What is a False Arrest?

In most jurisdictions across the country, the rules for what makes a lawful arrest are similar. Officers must inform suspects that they are being arrested. This can be accomplished with a visible badge or uniform. Additionally, the officer must inform individuals on what crime they are being arrested for, unless revealing that information could lead… Read More »

What Qualifies as Excessive Force?

There have been many high-profile cases of police brutality making the national news lately, with allegations of excessive force being a common factor. But what exactly qualifies as excessive force? It is understood that police officers often have to use some level of force to subdue their suspects. Many people being arrested under suspicion of… Read More »

Mystery Still Hangs Over the Injury and Death of Freddie Gray

The recent protests and riots in Baltimore, Maryland have been the subject of national news coverage lately — and for very good reason. But the initial cause of those riots, the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, is still somewhat of a mystery to the general public. Gray was a 25-year-old man who passed… Read More »

South Carolina Officer Charged with Murder After Shooting

A 33-year old police officer from North Charleston, South Carolina was charged with the murder of 50-year-old Walter Scott on April 7. The incident rose to national notoriety after a video surfaced online that showed Officer Michael Slager shooting Scott in the back as he ran away from the officer. The case sparked yet another… Read More »

Judge Rules Nassau County Man May Proceed with False Imprisonment Law Suit

An Eastern District judge recently decided that a man who was shot multiple times by a police stun gun during an involuntary hospitalization will be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit that includes allegations of false imprisonment, municipal liability and excessive force. According to the judge, the case, Greenaway v. County of Nassau, has enough… Read More »

Girlfriend of NYPD Shooting Victim Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

On November 20, 2014, NYPD Officer Peter Liang fatally shot 28-year-old Akai Gurley in a darkened stairwell of the Pink Houses in East New York. The incident reportedly occurred when Gurley opened a door into the stairwell and startled the officer, who fired his weapon and hit Gurley in the chest. Gurley’s girlfriend, Kimberly Ballinger,… Read More »

Personal Injury Claims On the Rise at New York City Department of Corrections

A recent report shows a drastic increase in personal injury claims filed against the New York City Department of Corrections. Between just 2013 and 2014 claims rose 37 percent, and since 2009 they have risen a whopping 114 percent. The report comes at the same time as a lot of controversy surrounding issues of police… Read More »