Police and prosecutors need probable cause to make an arrest, obtain a search warrant or take other actions to investigate someone for possible criminal activity. What they cannot do is unfairly target someone because of his or her race.
Unfortunately, recent news reports have shown that the NYPD and other police forces around the country routinely engage in racial profiling. At the Law Offices of Bonita E. Zelman, we have a long track record of representing the victims of civil rights violations at the hands of police in New York City and throughout the state.
Police often rely on excuses such as looking for a suspect fitting a specific description to engage in racial profiling. Some examples include:
In one recent incident in New York, a van full of black parole officers who were sporting proper identification was stopped and surrounded by several local white police officers with guns drawn. The police had no cause to stop the car. This is an instance of what has come to be known as “driving while black.”
Formal studies prove that police departments and street-level officers continue to engage in profiling. Law enforcement, however, has the duty and obligation to respect your civil rights.
That is why it is important to turn to an experienced attorney like Bonita Zelman, who has frequently been featured in the media for her role in representing high-profile victims of police misconduct and brutality. She is a lawyer with the knowledge, trial experience and resources to protect your rights against powerful forces such as the NYPD or the New York State Police.
Our office will work around your schedule to meet with you for a free consultation to discuss your case. If you think police have unfairly targeted you because of your race, contact us today.