There are over 6,613 law enforcement officers involved in reported allegations of misconduct every year in the USA, including 1,575 instances of police using excessive force. Of these, 232 officers (14.7%) were involved in firearm-related excessive force complaints, 166 (10.6%) were involved in TASER-related cases. According to some sources, 382 fatalities are caused by police misconduct every year in the USA.  These injuries and civil rights violations are preventable.

If you or a loved have been injured due to police misconduct, call one of the experienced, knowledgeable, and hard working Police Brutality Lawyers at Sonin & Genis. We are proud that one of our verdicts in a personal injury case was written up as one of the top jury verdicts of the year in the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New York Magazine, and ALM Verdictsearch.

The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project published comprehensive data that suggests that police are more likely than the average person to commit a number of crimes including assault, sexual assault, and murder, and projects that roughly 1 in 4.7 officers will be implicated in an act of misconduct during the course of their career.  A Federal Court Judge has determined that the NYPD has systematically violated the Constitutional rights of people in performing stop and frisks in NYC.

The police have taken an oath to guard your Constitutional rights and make sure you’re safe. “To protect and serve.”  But when it is the police themselves that break their oaths and the law and betray your trust, that violate your rights by using excessive force,  or falsely arresting and imprisoning you, then who do you turn to protect you?  The expert Bronx Police Misconduct lawyers at Sonin & Genis:  we police the police.

Our Bronx police brutality lawyers have over 30 years of experience and a long track record of holding police accountable for brutality, excessive force, unnecessarily shooting people with guns or TASERs, false arrests, malicious prosecution, and civil rights violations.


Carrying a badge and gun is a privilege, not an excuse

Police officers are never allowed to use excessive force against anyone. Excessive force is unnecessary or unreasonable force.  Good and accepted police practices, procedures and law enforcement standards of care require police to use the least amount of force that is necessary.  Deadly physical force can only be used when there is an objective imminent reasonable risk of deadly physical force being used against the officer or another person.

Police are supposed to be screened and have psychological testing to prevent violence prone people from being given guns, weapons and training on use of weapons from being on the force.  Police are supposed to receive extensive specialized training so that they comply with these and other police conduct requirements.

Sometimes there are deficiencies in the hiring, testing [“Early Warning Profiles”] and training.  Sometime the police department improperly condones or ratifies misconduct. When police departments turn a “blind eye” on such misconduct, it breeds a willful contempt of the law and encourages police to trample on cherished Constitutional Civil Rights.

Rogue police officers use needless violence and that is police brutality. Unwarranted use of a TASER, a gun, choking, repeated punching and kicking, handcuffs that are too tight and cause nerve damage, sexual harassment, denial or obstruction of necessary medical care, are all  examples of police brutality.

Arresting someone without probable cause (false arrest), wrongfully depriving someone of their freedom and detaining or imprisoning them, or continuing the prosecution of someone without reasonable cause (malicious prosecution) are typical examples of police misconduct and abuses of authority that result in violations of our time honored Constitutional Civil Rights and Liberties.

Our Constitution guarantees our rights, including the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, due process, cruel and unusual punishment, and presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

Unfortunately, these are tough cases to win. Juries, taught to respect, follow and honor police, are often willing to take the word of police officer over the testimony of a regular person, a civilian, particularly an individual, who may be accused of a crime, and as a result, much police brutality goes uncompensated and unpunished, and the streets remain unsafe.

An expert Bronx police brutality lawyer is willing and able to take on the police department and obtain justice for victims who have been injured or had their rights violated. It takes a lawyer that is knowledgeable about proper police procedures, criminal law, civil law and civil rights law, to win.

It takes a lawyer skilled in trial techniques and experienced in court to successfully cross examine a police officer, someone who has not only been professionally trained on how to testify, but has testified on countless occasions. It takes a lawyer that is unafraid to take on “City Hall”. It takes Sonin & Genis to win.

In a country where everyone is guaranteed basic human rights, the last person the average citizen should fear is a police officer. If law enforcement has infringed upon your rights, Sonin & Genis’ accomplished Bronx police brutality lawyers will fight tirelessly to win you compensation


Victims of police brutality, false arrest, or other civil rights violations require an aggressive, accomplished Bronx police brutality lawyer to fight tirelessly for their rights. Compassionate towards clients while relentless in their pursuit of justice, the Bronx personal injury attorneys at Sonin & Genis have years of multimillion dollar settlements and a long list of victories that show their willingness to take the toughest cases and win full, fair and just compensation.

In fact, Sonin & Genis have earned a reputation among other New York personal injury lawyers as the “go-to lawyers.” In fact, Robert Genis has received the “Lawyer’s Lawyer” award from Bronx County Bar Association. They receive many of their cases through referrals from other attorneys who routinely send them their toughest cases, trusting Sonin & Genis to obtain justice for victims.

Sonin & Genis view each case as an opportunity to win compensation for the victims of brutality and increase the integrity of law enforcement, making the streets safer for everyone.

It’s important to act quickly. If you or a loved one has been injured in due to police misconduct, whether by police from a local municipality, a City, a County, in a hospital by the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation [NYCH&HC], on a train or bus involving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority [MTA], Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit Authority, Port Authority of NY & NJ, New York Sports Authority (or countless other public entities), the State or Federal government – a Notice of Claim is usually required, a legal document that explains your claim, and must usually be prepared by your attorneys and served on the municipality within 90 days of injury, and sometimes sooner. Because wherever possible records must be obtained and reviewed before the Notice of Claim is prepared and filed, time is of the essence and it is vital that you act quickly!

At Sonin & Genis, we know that you have more important things to worry about than getting records and preparing and filing legal documents, so we take of everything so that you can focus on taking care of your family, so call the experienced New York Police Misconduct lawyers at Sonin & Genis.

If you or a loved one has suffered due to police misconduct, call Sonin & Genis (718-561-4444) to speak to an expert Bronx police brutality lawyer today.

There are short Statutes of Limitations within which to commence a lawsuit to protect your rights, so it is important to act quickly!

If you or a loved one has been the victim of unwarranted violence, false arrest, civil rights violation, call Sonin & Genis (718-561-4444) to speak to an expert Bronx police brutality lawyer today.

*Sonin & Genis has taught CLE classes on police brutality cases