Frederick K. Brewington, Esq. Available to Comment on Qualified Immunity and New York State Legislature’s Repeal of 50-a

HEMPSTEAD, NY — Frederick K. Brewington, Esq., a civil rights attorney and Principal of The Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington, is available to comment on the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming arguments on the “qualified immunity” doctrine and the New York State Legislature’s approval to repeal the 50-a statute.

 

The justices of the United States Supreme Court are scheduled to argue the merits of the “qualified immunity” doctrine on June 11. The doctrine asked if a police officer used excessive force and if their conduct was illegal because it was in violation of a “clearly established” court ruling on the books that barred police from acting in that manner. The Court established this doctrine to protect police departments from frivolous lawsuits and to allow a margin of error in certain situations in which split-second decisions were made.

 

“Many of these police brutality lawsuits were dismissed by the courts because there was no prior factual basis that was established showing these officers were in the wrong,” Mr. Brewington says. “What the doctrine does is protect the officers who commit heinous acts like what Officer Chauvin did to Mr. Floyd. It allows the brutality and systemic racism that is practiced by these officers to perpetuate.”

 

Mr. Brewington praised the New York State Legislature for passing a bill repealing 50-a, which sealed the disciplinary records of police officers who were involved in misconduct. The repeal allows for the viewing of records of not only police officers, but of firefighters and correction officers as well. Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will sign the bill into law.

 

“I am glad to see that the state Legislature is allowing the records of police officers with disciplinary problems to be made public,” Mr. Brewington says. “For far too long, they have been protected from scrutiny while being allowed to continue to act unprofessionally. Hopefully, this repeal will force local police departments to engage with minorities in a more respectful manner and remove those who believe they are above the law.”

 

For more information, call (516) 489-6959 or visit www.brewingtonlaw.com.

 

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About The Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington

The Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington is a well-respected litigation firm with an office in Hempstead, Long Island. Our focus is primarily in the area of civil rights, voting rights, employment discrimination, police misconduct, personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death and criminal law. However, the Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington is a full-service law firm handling matters in numerous areas of law and providing a wide range of services from contract formation to litigation and trial practice. It is the largest African-American-owned law firm on Long Island and has been designated by the New York Law Journal as one of the top minority-owned firms in the state of New York. For more information, call (516) 489-6959 or visit www.brewingtonlaw.com.

MEDIA ADVISORY for Saturday, February 1, 2020: Frederick K. Brewington Joins Community Organizations and Activists in March against Police Brutality

March Concludes at Nassau County Police Department’s First Precinct, Where Press Conference Will be Held

Who:                           Frederick K. Brewington, Civil Rights Attorney
New York Communities for Change

David and Mondy Tillery, Parents of Ahmand and Jahmeir Tillery, who were verbally and physically assaulted and falsely arrested by members of the Nassau County Police Department

Phillip McDowell, Pastor, South Hempstead Baptist Church and Pastor to the Tillery family

Local community organizations and activists

 

What:                          Civil rights attorney Frederick K. Brewington will join New York Communities for Change, as well as other local community groups and activists, in the March against Police Brutality. The march will begin at the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) station in Baldwin and end in front of the Nassau County Police Department’s (NCPD) First Precinct. A press conference will be held at the conclusion of the march.

The march comes after two African-American boys — 15-year-old Ahmand Tillery and 14-year-old Jahmeir Tillery — were stopped by Nassau County police officers after riding their bicycles on the way home with another friend. The officers then verbally and physically assaulted the two brothers, then placed them under arrest without just cause. The officers brought them to the precinct and wrongfully imprisoned them without notifying the boys’ parents. Mr. Brewington announced on January 27 that he filed a notice of claim against the NCPD on behalf of the parents, David and Mondy Tillery. Mr. Brewington will call on the NCPD to stop employing these abusive tactics against young African-American men and for the arresting officers to resign.

When:             Saturday, February 1, 2020

11:00 a.m.

Where:         Begins at LIRR Station, 760 Brooklyn Avenue, Baldwin, New York

Ends: NCPD First Precinct, 900 Merrick Road, Baldwin, New York

Directions:      Southern State Parkway to Exit 20S for Grand Avenue South. Merge onto Baldwin Road, then continue onto Grand Avenue. After 2.1 miles, turn left onto Brooklyn Avenue. LIRR station will be on the right-hand side. The march will start at Grand Avenue and proceed southbound. From there, participants will go left onto Merrick Road and head towards the police precinct.

Photo Ops:      Mr. Brewington addressing the crowd, followed by comments from Mr. and Mrs. Tillery, Pastor McDowell, members of New York Communities for Change and other community activists.

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About The Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington

The Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington is a well-respected litigation firm with an office in Hempstead, Long Island. Our focus is primarily in the area of civil rights, voting rights, employment discrimination, police misconduct, personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death and criminal law. However, the Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington is a full-service law firm handling matters in numerous areas of law and providing a wide range of services from contract formation to litigation and trial practice. It is the largest African-American-owned law firm on Long Island and has been designated by the New York Law Journal as one of the top minority-owned firms in the state of New York. For more information, call (516) 489-6959 or visit www.brewingtonlaw.com.

Village of Garden City and Its Police Department Agree to Judgment against Them for Their Treatment of Ronald Lanier, Retired African-American Nassau County Correction Officer, in Civil Rights Case

Officers Racially Profiled Him, Falsely Arrested Him for Shoplifting, Then Proceeded to Verbally and Physically Abuse and Assault Him

HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK — On May 14, 2018, the Federal District Court entered Judgment against the Village of Garden City in favor of Mr. Ronald Lanier. In response, Frederick K. Brewington of The Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington confirmed that the Village of Garden City and the Garden City Police Department agreed to have a judgment entered against them in the amount of $150,000 to be awarded to Ronald Lanier, a retired Nassau County correction officer and an African-American, who was verbally and physically abused and assaulted by a two Garden City police officers who falsely accused him of theft and them cuffed him and deprived him of his liberty.

In addition to the settlement, the Defendants will have to pay Mr. Lanier’s legal fees. The amount has yet to be determined.

On November 30, 2016, Mr. Lanier was accosted by members of the Garden City Police Department while shopping in the Western Beef Supermarket in Mineola, New York. He was cursed at, aggressively handled, thrown to the ground, abused verbally and subjected to unreasonable and excessive force by Garden City Police who refused to believe that he had done nothing wrong and was a retired officer of the law. He was approached by no less than four officers who hurled insults at him and acted in an insulting and demeaning manner while they exhibited an uncontrolled level of aggression and vindictive nature. After holding Mr. Lanier against his will, the police realized they had arrested the wrong Black man. Then without apology or any sense of remorse, told Mr. Lanier to go. Even when Mr. Lanier showed a sergeant his badge and credentials, he was not treated with respect or any sense of dignity.

Mr. Lanier filed a Notice of Claim against the village and the police department on December 2, 2016, citing vicious physical abuse, wrongful treatment, violations of his Constitutional rights, false arrest and abuse at the hands of Garden City police officers. Last year, a lawsuit was filed at the United State District Court for the Eastern District of New York in the amount of $40 million. The Defendants denied that they had done anything wrong. That denial is muted in the face of a monetary payment to Mr. Lanier.

“After attempting to have Garden City realize that there was a serious issue here, this Judgment speaks volumes to the fight which Mr. Lanier has had waged for his good name and his well-being.” Mr. Brewington said. “The officers willfully and callously manhandled my client. Profiling him because of his race and color is something that they did and it is something with which Garden City must come to grips. When they realized it was the wrong Black man, they finally released Mr. Lanier without so much as an apology. It was not okay to simply say, ‘You’re free to go’; the failure to immediately realize that they had engaged in a discriminatory act demonstrates the level of training and education that this police force must undergo. Garden City and its police department are being held accountable for their actions. This is just one way of changing unacceptable behavior like racial profiling.”

For more information, call (516) 489-6959 or visit www.brewingtonlaw.com.