The indignity of being put in handcuffs, taken to jail, and put through a court trial that ultimately reveals law enforcement had no viable evidence against you in the first place can be mentally and emotionally taxing. No New York resident should be humiliated by a prosecution made on false grounds, which can be considered a case of malicious prosecution.
In 2015, just a few hours’ drive south of New York, residents of Baltimore rioted in protest over police brutality. As the riot grew more and more out of hand, residents set fires to buildings and cars. Baltimore burned for two days. Experts say the rage had simmered for years as residents filed more than 100 lawsuits alleging police brutality between 2011 and 2014.
Because law enforcement possesses the power to place individuals under arrest, as citizens, we expect that the police should follow lawful procedures when they take someone into custody. Sometimes this might not be the case. In some instances, a person might be arrested when in reality it was not legally proper to arrest that individual in the first place. When this happens, a person has been the victim of a false arrest. In certain circumstances, a New York police officer may have taken someone into custody unlawfully.