While their job is to police citizens, sometimes police officers need to be policed by citizens. All police officers are meant to follow a certain code of constitutional standards when going about their job in the line of duty, but cops who go outside of these boundaries often have to face the music and deal with legal consequences. 


If you have faced police brutality or misconduct in New York, you might want to get in touch with one of the many nearby New York police brutality attorneys who are ready to assist you today. An experienced lawyer is the most effective tool to defend your rights and maximize your shot at getting compensation. Connect with one today and begin the legal process. 


Lawyering up is exactly what Marcus Gilliam did when the NYPD arrested him under questionable circumstances. Gilliam, manager of a Shake Shack in New York City, alleges that he was arrested by police after three cops accused the restaurant of tampering with their milkshakes. 


According to the officers, their shakes “tasted off” and they later posited that Shake Shack employees had tainted their drinks with bleach or some other “toxic substance.” 


Hours after leaving, police returned to the Shake Shack, placed handcuffs on Gilliam and turned the place into a crime scene. Gilliam was interrogated for hours, was allegedly “taunted” by police, and wasn’t released until 1:30 am. The NYPD did everything they could to prove Shake Shack employees had poisoned their drinks, but were forced to admit they were wrong after hours of interrogation and watching surveillance videos of the workers. 


Eventually, it was suggested by the NYPD that the “off-tasting” milkshakes may have been related to poorly cleaned machines. Though this is the fault of the Shake Shack staff, it’s obviously not the same as intentionally poisoning police officers. 


Gilliam is demanding monetary compensation for his lawyer fees and false arrest. He is also suing for defamation, as the NYPD tweeted about the restaurant and implied the business had committed criminal wrongdoing. 


Some other common examples of police brutality or misconduct include: 


  • Excessive use of a weapon or police dog
  • Racial profiling
  • Wrongful arrest
  • Sexual assault
  • Searching one’s premises without a warrant


What laws protect me against police brutality? 


The most important laws that protect against police brutality are stipulated under the U.S Constitution, which protects against a series of things. Under the Fifth, Eighth, and 14th Amendments, every citizen is granted: 


  • Protection from cruel or unusual punishment and excessive fines
  • Due process
  • The right to have an attorney present
  • The right to refuse an unwarranted search


Do you need help defending yourself against police brutality in New York? 


Contact a New York police brutality lawyer today to explore your legal options and get yourself on the road to justice.