POLICE & GOVERNMENTAL MISCONDUCT | New York Personal Injury Attorney - Trial Lawyer Steve Williamson


There are many members of the New York City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies who admirably serve the public under tough circumstances. Unfortunately, there are also bad apples – police and corrections officers who abuse their authority, make unjustified arrests and commit acts of violence against the public.
Cases against law enforcement and corrections agencies involve special areas of law and are defended aggressively. For these reasons, the success of your case depends on the lawyer you choose. Steve Williamson is a former top trial lawyer for the New York City Law Department, the government agency that defends the police in these kinds of cases. He has the knowledge, skills and ability to get the job done right.
Sadly, police misconduct has been on the rise over the past several years. Despite an increase in training for law enforcement, some officers within the police and corrections agencies continue to ignore the training and basic human rights. Some examples of police misconduct include:

  • Excessive force
  • False arrest
  • Frisking a suspect roughly, unnecessarily or inappropriately
  • Illegal vehicle stops
  • Racial profiling
  • Police assault and battery
  • Police brutality
  • Police raids
  • Police shootings

Excessive force and false arrest – also known as police abuse of power or brutality – are when members of the police misuse their power during traffic stops, home or business raids or other police actions. Force cases arise when police use physical force or intimidation that is not justified. False arrest cases occur when police arrest or detain people without probable cause – a legal term that basically means a legitimate basis to believe the person has committed or will commit a crime.

Federal law allows people who believe they have been the victim of any type of police misconduct to pursue relief in the context that the police officer violated their civil rights. It can be challenging to determine whether the actions of police violated your civil rights or if they were merely unprofessional.

Just because a person is in jail or prison doesn’t mean they don’t have the same basic constitutional rights as other people. A guard cannot verbally, physically or sexually harass a prisoner. The staff must provide prompt medical care when it’s obvious that the prisoner needs it. Failure to provide for the fundamental rights of prisoners can result in unnecessary physical injury, emotional trauma or even death.

Some examples of corrections misconduct and abuse include:

  • Failure to protect from sexual assault
  • Failure to protect from physical assault
  • Direct physical assault
  • Extreme verbal and emotional abuse
  • Sexual assault or harassment
  • Failure to provide medical care
  • Failure to provide required medications or treatment

If you have been assaulted, brutalized, falsely arrested or imprisoned by the police or corrections, contact Steve Williamson to discuss your case and protect your rights.