An emotionally disturbed Bronx woman was shot and killed on Tuesday by a Sergeant in the New York City Police Department inside her Bronx apartment. According to a report by CBS New York, the woman was known to the police and known to be emotionally disturbed. Apparently, she attempted to grab a baseball bat and strike the police officer, who responded by firing two fatal shots with his service weapon. The officer also was armed with a Taser which he failed to use to subdue the woman. NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill issued a statement in which he acknowledged that the NYPD "failed" in the instant situation. Various public interest groups are calling for a full investigation, which has been promised by the Mayor's office.
When a police officer or other law enforcement personnel use excessive force, civilians, suspects and prisoners can suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. In cases such as these, injury victims and their families may be entitled to compensation from the city. To obtain a successful verdict or settlement in an excessive force case, you need a law firm with the trial experience to take on the city and its attorneys.
Excessive force by a police officer may be a violation of your civil rights. We will investigate the incident and hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions. You may be entitled to collect damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Bringing a lawsuit against the police and the city is an extremely complex matter that is beyond the abilities of many law firms. Our attorneys have experience in these types of cases, however, and are prepared to help you.
The lawyers at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, L.L.P., are experienced with police brutality claims, officer misconduct claims and additional claims against the New York City government. We represent individuals who are injured by excessive force as well as families that have lost loved ones to wrongful death caused by officers using excessive force.