New York residents rely on their local police to protect them and their property against crime. Sometimes, however, police use excessive force when apprehending or questioning someone. In such cases, people may suffer physical or mental injury that has a long-term impact on their well-being.
A New York Police Department officer who was videotaped stomping on the head of a man who had already been placed in handcuffs was sentenced on June 23 for his misdemeanor conviction of assault. The man was found guilty of the assault two months ago. The case had originally made headlines in 2014.
The last few years have highlighted some incredible cases where the police have acted improperly towards the people they have sworn to protect. It goes even further than that, though -- the police have always made mistakes. Officers are human, just like you and me. They are going to make mistakes. Sometimes, those mistakes are intentional acts. Other times, the police officer simply forgets a procedural step in an innocent fashion. But that is still a mistake nonetheless.