Cops at a crossroads: Police departments must reckon with their training, and with transparency over officer-involved shootings

Recently, Keith Lamont Scott was killed my members of the Charlotte police as he was sitting in his vehicle. Mr. Scott’s family has held firm that Mr. Scott was holding a book and was waiting for his son to get off the bus. The police are adamant that Mr. Scott was holding a firearm before he was killed. Tellingly, the Charlotte police have resisted releasing body cam and dashcam video of the fatal shooting, but contend that even police video fails to conclusively prove Scott was aiming a gun at cops.

According to September 24, 2016 article in the New York Daily News, new NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill stated that he is deeply troubled by recent police shootings captured on video. In response to another recent police shooting , the Commissioner stated “What was particularly disturbing about that was obviously the loss of human life, but everything in that video seems to confirm what people might have thought about the police, that we do things like that.” Here, even the Commissioner of the NYPD is acknowledging that video of police shootings indicate, in some circumstances, officers shoot before properly assessing the situation and then attempt to cover up their actions by stating the individual shot had a firearm or other weapon.

If you feel that you have been treated improperly by the police during your arrest or the police have taken your personal property without cause, you may have remedies available to you in the civil courts.

If you were arrested without cause and/or in the course of the arrest, you were subjected to improper physical contact by the police, you may be able to bring an action in the state or federal courts for a violation of your civil rights.

If, in the course of your arrest, personal property including vehicles, money, jewelry and other property was taken from you by the police or by the District Attorney’s Office, you have a right to fight to get that property back. The Police and District Attorneys’ Offices may only seek to “forfeit” your property in limited circumstances.

Jeffrey Davis, a former Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney, has extensive experience in fighting against all types of forfeiture actions. He is also prepared to represent you if you feel that your civil rights have been violated. Contact Jeffrey Davis today at 917-826-5150 for a free consultation