Excessive Use of Force by Police

If you were beaten during an arrest or physically abused by police for "giving them attitude," civil rights trial attorneys Figeroux & Associates have the proven ability to make them pay. We have a long record of holding officers accountable for unnecessary force or outright police brutality.
The Law Offices of Figeroux & Associates represents clients in New York in cases involving excessive force and police brutality. Contact us today for a initial case evaluation at 718-834-0190.

"If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority."
— Yugoslavian Proverb


When the Police Go Too Far Police are allowed to use reasonable physical force to apprehend and subdue a suspect. We get involved when officers use violence to punish, intimidate, coerce confessions or intentionally inflict pain.  Our attorneys know the questions to ask regarding any use of force:
Police batons — Did the officers follow procedure (e.g., no blows to the head)? Did they stop once the person was disabled and subdued? Did they break a suspects bones?

Tasers — The powerful electrical charge in stun guns can change heart rhythm and cause heart attacks. Was the taser used because the person was merely verbally combative, or did the person pose an actual threat? How many times was the person shocked? Was it used after cuffs were placed on the suspect?

Pepper spray (OC spray) — Why was the person sprayed? Was it intentionally sprayed into the mouth or nose at close range? Did officers let up when the citizen was in obvious respiratory distress?

Handcuffs — Did, handcuffed suspects suffer severe facial injuries when thrown to the ground or against a wall?

Choke holds/kicks/take-downs — Some departments forbid certain tactics, but some officers take things too far. Was the technique legal? Was it necessary or gratuitous?

Crowd control — Was there an indiscriminate use of rubber bullets or tear gas on crowds of protesters?

We examine whether an objective and reasonable officer in the same circumstances would have acted in the same way, whether the officer(s) followed departmental procedure and whether the suspect was even resisting arrest. Figeroux & Associates has handled police misconduct cases since 1996. 

We are committed to securing monetary damages for victims of excessive force and holding police to a high standard for when and how force is applied.

If you were the victim of overzealous cops, contact us to discuss your possible lawsuit.

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The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices raise serious concerns over racial profiling, illegal stops and privacy rights. The Department’s own reports on its stop-and-frisk activity confirm what many people in communities of color across the city have long known: The police are stopping hundreds of thousands of law abiding New Yorkers every year, and the vast majority are black and Latino.

If you wish to file a claim against New York City for your Civil Rights violation, call our hotline at 718-834-0190.

Figeroux & Associates has achieved justice for victims of police misconduct, employment discrimination and other civil rights violations. Figeroux & Associate has also established a respected law practice also handles serious personal injury and wrongful death claims, criminal defense and child dependency claims.

To discuss your case with our renowned attorney or one of his capable associates, contact us using the form below or call our Brooklyn, NY, office. 



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