The ongoing conversation of what police can and can’t do constantly reaches new heights. In the Garden State, Camden shows us what the future could hold for law enforcement policies in the United States. 


In 2013, Camden dissolved its police department altogether and relaunched it at the county level to have more control, seeking a closer relationship between the police and its citizenry. In 2016, they began collaborating with New York University’s Policing Project to create stronger codes on the use of force and other important aspects of law enforcement. 


According to The Guardian, Camden’s crime rate is now at a 50-year low, and excessive force complaints have gone from 64 to just 3 in a matter of two years. 


As we can see, dealing with police brutality is never-ending work in progress, which means people still fall victim to flaws in the system and human error all the time. If you’ve been the victim of police brutality in New Jersey, get in touch with an experienced New Jersey police brutality attorney right away to see if you’re entitled to compensation. 


Is it hard to sue a cop in New Jersey? 


In general, it’s relatively difficult to sue a cop in New Jersey, but perhaps not as hard as in other states. In fact, in our state, lawsuits against the police happen all the time – regardless of whether or not the victim committed a crime. 


The police and the government have massive amounts of money to defend themselves in any lawsuits, which means they can fight for as long as they want to, making the legal battle very expensive and time-consuming for other parties involved. Trying to sue a cop should only be done if you have a solid case. 


The United States Constitution protects everyone from unreasonable search and seizure and cruel and unusual punishment. 


Unreasonable search and seizure can include, but is not limited to: 


  • Racial profiling
  • Wrongful arrest
  • Wrongful detention
  • Unjustified home searches
  • Confiscating your belongings for no reason


Cruel or unusual punishment can include, but is certainly not limited to: 


  • Excessive use of force
  • Unnecessary use of a weapon
  • Using violence against a suspect who’s already been apprehended and is no longer a threat
  • Allowing a K9 dog to bite you when you’re in handcuffs
  • Sexual abuse


Sometimes these situations can be subjective in the eyes of the courts so a case has to really be compelling. Police officers operate under “qualified immunity” which means they can do certain things that regular people can’t in the name of enforcing the law. Police will always try to claim that their use of force was justified based on the circumstances, and this is what you and your legal team have to disprove. 


If you need compensation for a police misconduct incident in New Jersey, experienced attorneys all across the state are waiting to assist you. Get in touch today.