Nobody is above the law, especially those sworn to defend it. Officers can not trample civil rights with little or no fear of recourse.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 21, 2011
A former New York City police department detective admitted that officers routinely planted drugs on innocent people to meet arrest quotas and made false arrests in New York.
The testimony of Stephan Anderson in Brooklyn Supreme Court, led to the arrests of eight police officers and a massive “shake up” of the Brooklyn South and Queens Narcotics units, according to the New York Daily News.
“Nobody is above the law, especially those sworn to defend it. Officers can not trample civil rights with little or no fear of recourse,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms.
The testimony stems from a 2008 arrest at a club in Queens. As by reported the New York Daily News, two brothers were accused of selling cocaine by undercover detectives, and arrested. The men returned to the club to request surveillance footage to prove their innocence. The footage showed that the two brothers never had any interaction with the undercover officers. The city paid $300,000 to settle the false arrest lawsuit, reported the New York Daily News, and two officers were indicted (Indictment #2755 of 2008) in Queens Supreme Court.
Anderson admitted in court that this was not first time an incident like this occurred and indicated that the scandalous civil rights violations in New York was widespread throughout the ranks.
The NYPD practice of planting drugs on innocent suspects cost the city $1.2 million to settle cases of false arrests, the New York Daily News reported.
“In order for the justice system to work it is critical that those we entrust to run the system are just,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer Perecman.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of civil rights violation cases including ethnic discrimination, age discrimination, gender discrimination and race discrimination. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is a Board Director and the past Secretary and Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman's achievements have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice****.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."
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