Two officers were suspended after an investigation into a charge of police brutality in New York uncovered bodycam video of the individuals kicking a detained suspect. The incident happened late last month (February 24th) shortly after the two men detained 30-year-old Christopher Cruz after the suspect crashed into a police cruiser following a high-speed chase in Long Island.
Nobody is debating the initial crime but the officers are facing disciplinary and possible legal action for their actions after they had the individual on the ground. Video obtained during the course of the investigation shows both men kicking the detainee while other officers at the scene stood around watching.
As a result, the two active policy violators were suspended while four other individuals in the video were placed on modified duty. The behavior captured on the video was called “unacceptable” and at least one official called it “disturbing.”
Regardless of what penalties or criminal charges the officers in question are facing, the victim of this alleged excessive force incident on Long Island appears to have significant grounds for a civil lawsuit against the officers and the police force. Everyone hopefully understands the difficult job law enforcement has. But these acts of meanness can never be justified and the law enforcement agency for these officers should make no attempt to defend their actions. Like similar cases in the past, these kinds of cases have resulted in significant financial awards and settlements for victims of police violence—regardless of whether or not they were involved in a crime at the time of the attack.
However, prosecuting a case against the NYPD or any law enforcement agency can be difficult and you be well advised to seek expert legal advice about your claim. If you’ve been injured at the hands of uniformed officers, plain-clothes detectives, or even correction officers, speak with an experienced police brutality lawyer in New York City today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation today.