A wrongful arrest in New York City has resulted in a multi-million-dollar settlement for a Brooklyn man convicted of murder 24 years ago. Ruddy Quezada was arrested, tried, and convicted of fatally shooting a man in Brooklyn in 1993. He recently filed two separate lawsuits against the City of New York alleging that his case was mishandled and his arrest and conviction were unjust. The City decided that rather than take the case to trial, they would settle one of the lawsuits out of court and offered Mr. Quezada $9.5 million in exchange for the last 24 years of his life.
While this wrongful arrest case in New York City is spectacular (both for the amount awarded to the victim and for the duration of the sentence he served) it demonstrates the fallibility of the justice system. More times than it should, innocent men get punished for crimes they could not have committed due to procedural errors, pre-conceived notions, and biases held by arresting officers, investigators, and prosecutors. In this case, the victim was convicted because of eyewitness testimony. That witness recently went back on his story, saying he had felt coerced by the police at the time and had simply given away Mr. Quezada’s name.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of police brutality, wrongful arrest, or false imprisonment, earning your freedom (and the compensation you deserve for the financial, physical, and emotional stress your ordeal has laid upon you) will not be easy. You need an experienced lawyer to fight for you in and out of court in order to make the NYPD and the City of New York admit to wrongdoing.
Your lawyer’s team will be able to uncover and examine the evidence against you and spot bureaucratic and legal errors before you spend years in jail.