Police Misconduct

The Firm has successfully represented hundreds of clients in police misconduct cases against police departments throughout the Tri-State area, from high profile wrongful death cases to smaller false arrest and excessive force cases.

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Representative Cases:

  • Disla v. City of New York – The Firm represents the family of Leonel Disla, a 19-year-old who was fatally shot by a New York City police officer.
  • Mann v. Walder – Together with Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, the Firm represents the estate of Emil Mann, a member of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation who was shot to death by an officer of the New Jersey Park Police. Following a trial in New Jersey, the Firm won a jury verdict of $2.4 million.
  • McGarr v. City of Peekskill – The Firm represents the mother of Jeffrey Deskovic, who was wrongfully convicted of murder when he was a teen-ager and spent 16 years in prison, in a case alleging that the Peekskill Police Department and Westchester County Medical Examiner engaged in misconduct that deprived her of her constitutional right to familial association.
  • Evans v. City of Durham – Together with Williams & Connolly and Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, the Firm represents one of the Duke lacrosse players who was falsely accused of rape by former District Attorney Michael Nifong.
  • Vilku v. City of New York – The Firm recently obtained a jury verdict on behalf of a man who was beaten with a flashlight by two uniformed NYPD officers, despite the fact that there were no eye-witnesses and the officers denied that the incident occurred.
  • Higazy v. Millennium Hotel – The Firm successfully represented an Egyptian engineering student who was arrested for alleged involvement in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in a claim against the FBI for coercing a false confession.
  • Brandon Cox – Along with Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree and Robert Johnson, ECBA represents Brandon Cox, a student who was shot by the police while in a car with his friend, DJ Henry Jr., a Pace University student who was killed in the police shooting.
  • Banks v. City of New York – The Firm successfully settled this wrongful death case with the City for $1.1 million, and then secured a jury verdict against the police officer. In doing so, the Firm won a landmark legal victory, obtaining “loss of life” damages for the first time in a civil rights case.
  • Morales v. City of New York – The Firm won a $3 million jury verdict in this false arrest and excessive force case (which was later reduced by the trial court).
  • Standt v. City of New York – The Firm won summary judgment on the first ever damages claim in the United States for violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations for a foreign citizen’s wrongful detention and assault by the police.
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