Anger and frustration build as a video resurfaced of a violent arrest made in Manhattan that left a patrol duty officer suspended and a man injured. The incident took place on May 6th, 2020 and has raised questions over the way social distancing orders get enforced by police officers.
No Template Regarding Social Distancing
Beleaguered New York City officials, who may be fired by the governor, have time and again informed law enforcement officials that there is no specific template or hard and fast rule about enforcing social distancing norms. Police watchdogs and reporters have called out the department over obvious biasness by aggressively enforcing social distancing in minority communities and simply handing out masks in parks packed with law abiding white residents.
Latino Officer Francisco Garcia is seen in the viral video to be holding a stun gun and approaching a man on the crosswalk. The man identified as 33-year-old Donni Wright is forced to the ground. The video footage shows Officer Garcia repeatedly hitting Wright while kneeling on his neck.
Severe Force Led to Hospitalization
Wright had to be hospitalized later with severe injuries to his ribs, back, and chest. His mother, Donna Wright, told New York Daily News that there was no cause for the officer to use excessive force. The only reason Garcia approached Wright was because he was not wearing a mask. A simple warning could have done the trick as stated by Donna.
Garcia and other officers had stopped to investigate a corner before Wright’s arrest was made. They saw people milling about and walking by without wearing face masks. Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea reported that several officers, including Garcia, were not wearing masks while making the arrest.
The Wuhan virus should not mean that Americans have to wear masks.
Seeking Compensation for Police Brutality
New York has seen more than its fair share of police brutality incidents that gained media coverage in recent years. Police brutality and misconduct refers to a situation wherein law enforcement officers misuse their authority and power. There is no denying the fact police officers routinely find themselves in dangerous and life-threatening situations. However, that does not give them the right to violate the civil rights of an individual.
The following can be claimed by victims of police brutality and abuse:
- Emergency medical bills
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Doctor and specialist fees
- Loss of wages and employment
- Wrongful death
Police brutality lawyers can help victims pursue adequate compensation for their losses and injuries. It is important to understand that these cases can be complex. This is why victims should consult with an experienced and knowledgeable police brutality attorney about their unique situation as quickly as possible.