Within the last two decades, a number of police brutality cases have brought attention to a seemingly endless history of police-related violence and abuse. While there are many cases of police brutality, there are a few cases that are particularly notable for the level of abuse as well as national media attention.
The first famous example of police misconduct is the 2006 case of Kathryn Johnston, a 92 year old Atlanta woman who was viciously murdered by crooked police officers. The police had acquired a warrant to search Johnston’s apartment under false suspicion that she was selling crack cocaine. Because the police entered unannounced and out of uniform, Johnston mistook them for burglars and fired a single shot unsuccessfully at the intruders. The police fired 39 shots at Johnston, killing her and wounding three police officers.
A second famous case is that of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. In 1997, the 30 year old was arrested by New York City police officers. He was taken to a bathroom at the local police station and brutally abused and sodomized by several police officers. After spending two months in the hospital, Louima successfully sued the police for $8.7 million.
Finally is the famous case of Rodney King, who was severely beaten by police in March of 1991. King was pulled over for speeding after a chase that lasted about 15 minutes, and was then beaten over fifty times with nightsticks before he was handcuffed and taken to the hospital. The beating was recorded by a resident of a nearby apartment building, and soon after the tape was being played on national news. King was awarded $3.8 million in a suit against the city of Los Angeles.
Sadly, police brutality has not decreased despite societal outrage. That’s why you need to fight back against cases of police brutality, misconduct, and abuse. At the Law Offices of Patrick Geckle, we specialize in helping people like you fight back against police brutality. To learn more about establishing a case, contact the Law Offices of Patrick Geckle online or call (267) 234-7708.