Federal Police Brutality Cases

(4165 Ratings)

Produced on: March 18, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

In this course, Ameer Benno, a New York City-based civil rights attorney, introduces viewers to the litigation of police misconduct cases, including identifying the proper parties, prerequisites to filing the lawsuit, relevant time limitations on doing so, and factors to consider in determining the proper forum in which to bring the action. This course also provides an overview of the most commonly-asserted claims and defenses under federal law, compares the relative advantages and disadvantages of state and federal law in this area, and discusses what relief is available, including statutory attorney’s fees. In addition, Mr. Benno covers some of the commonly encountered discovery issues and ethical considerations in police misconduct cases. 

 

Learning Objectives

  1.   Identify the proper parties, claims, and defenses, as well as the differences between state and federal claims
  2. Recognize the various time limitations, such as accrual dates and statutes of limitation, involved for the various claims 
  3. Comprehend the factors that must be weighed in deciding whether to bring the action in state or federal court
  4. Gain insight as to the different forms of relief available, including statutory attorney’s fees

 

Faculty

Ameer Benno

Ameer Benno, Attorney at Law

Mr. Benno began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the esteemed Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where, under then-District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, he served in both the trial division and the appeals bureau. In the trial division, Mr. Benno investigated and prosecuted violent and white-collar crimes and tried several jury trials to verdict, all as primary chair. In the appeals bureau, Mr. Benno handled all aspects of criminal appeals, and regularly submitted arguments to the New York State Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest tribunal.

After several years as an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Benno left government service to work for a premier civil litigation law firm where he tried civil cases and managed a caseload that focused on civil rights matters in state and federal court.

In 2009, Mr. Benno opened his own law practice, which focused on civil rights cases in state and federal court, criminal defense, and appellate litigation.

In addition to an active trial practice, Mr. Benno has briefed and argued criminal and civil appeals in the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Departments of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, the New York State Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In 2010, Mr. Benno argued People v. Mothersell in the New York State Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest tribunal. That case, which challenged the constitutionality of the City of Syracuse’s usage of “all persons present” search warrants, resulted in a unanimous reversal of the client’s criminal conviction and the dismissal of his indictment, and changed the landscape of criminal law practice in New York State. More recently, Mr. Benno was lead counsel in Bailey v. Pataki, a Section 1983 civil rights action against former New York State Governor George Pataki and several members of his administration for creating and implementing an unconstitutional civil commitment policy for a class of prisoners. Mr. Benno briefed and argued the interlocutory appeal in that case to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He won that appeal, and thereafter tried the case in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. After a three and a half week trial, the jury found a top member of Gov. Pataki’s administration liable for violating the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.

From 2006 through 2012, Mr. Benno was an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he taught Legal Reasoning and Writing and Written and Oral Advocacy.

Mr. Benno is admitted to the New York and Connecticut state bars, and is admitted to practice in the federal courts of the Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of New York as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

He serves on the Civil Rights and Liberties Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association, and is a member of the Civil Rights Section of the American Association of Justice. Mr. Benno is also a member of the National Police Accountability Project, the New York City Policing Roundtable, the First Amendment Lawyers Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Brooklyn Bar Association. 

Mr. Benno also is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New York State Defenders Association. He is a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee.

In 2012 and again in 2013, Mr. Benno was selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list as one of the top up‐and‐coming attorneys in the metro-New York area in the areas of First Amendment and civil rights law. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.

In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Benno was also selected by the National Trial Lawyers for inclusion in the Top 100 trial attorneys in New York State in the area of criminal law. This is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.  In 2014, Mr. Benno was also selected for inclusion in the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.

Mr. Benno is rated 10.0, the highest rating given, by the online lawyer rating service Avvo.com.

Mr. Benno received his B.A. degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University, and his J.D. from Cornell Law School. While at Cornell Law School, Mr. Benno received recognition for his superior litigation abilities and was a member of the prestigious Moot Court Board.

Reviews

CD
Cynthia D.

Mr. Benno is fantastic.

PB
Peter B.

Comprehensive

CB
Carrie B.

I've seen this speaker before in a different video. He's great!

DB
Donald B.

Excellent

RN
Ronald N.

This course was excellent. The presenter was well informed and passed on that information extremely well and kept me captivated. Great Job Ameer!

RR
Richard R.

Outstanding! Thank you

MN
Moshe N.

Clear and well spoken.

EK
Eric K.

Very good organization.

RG
Ruth G.

Clear explanation of the law.

JM
Jane M.

Excellent presentation

AS
arthur s.

so many regulations to bring one of these causes of actions. Well presented. Good review.

RC
Robert C.

Outstanding presenter.

WG
William G.

Excellent program and presentation!

RN
Ryan N.

Comprehensive

UH
Umesh H.

Excellent course material.

WY
Wendy Y.

always a great presenter excellent info

DT
Daniel T.

Great instructor!

JH
joseph h.

Excellent, clear presentation.

JS
James S.

Excellent presentation.

MB
Mayo B.

Great perspective and outstanding presentation.

KC
Kristine C.

Excellent presentation

PQ
Pamela Q.

One of the better Lawline courses. I would urge newer lawyers in rural jurisdictions to familiarize yourself with these rules . Not only to sue but to advise your local agency. on how to comply with the law, so as to get the best and fairest and just results.

PS
Pedro S.

great materials with cases listed

SL
Sean L.

good program

RL
Robert L.

Excellent overview of federal claims, including a 1983 action in which I prepared and litigated.

LM
Louis M.

iNFORMATIVE

RF
Rosalie F.

Terrific course. Great speaker.

MP
Melissa P.

Great instruction

LA
L. Obii A.

The course was very informative and a good presentation of the general outline of causes of action against govt. entities

LB
Laurie B.

Very interesting presentation.

WS
William S.

An excellent overview.

PN
Paul N.

Excellent presentation. Thank You........

FG
Fabian G.

I Liked the presentation. Well done.

JO
James O.

Outstanding presentation. Clear and concise.

DT
David T.

timely

TS
Thomas S.

very substantive

BH
Ben H.

Clear, concise speaker...

NK
Nicholas K.

Wonderful -- one of the best and most succinct presentations on a very difficult topic that I've seen.

GE
George S E.

Excellent presentation

HF
Harry F.

excellent

CB
Caroline B.

Good presenter!

TW
Teige W.

Great presentation.

RM
Ramon M.

Thorough and informative. Well-organized and well-presented.

RG
Robert G.

Again, I'm appreciating the two presenter format!

GM
Gregory M.

The written materials were excellent! Very good presentation.

BF
Barbara F.

Excellent coverage of topic! Excellent pace, handouts. Exceptional course.

LO
lars o.

A plus presentation and slide detail was fabulous

NM
Neil M.

Helpful and informative.

DH
Daniel H.

This was a very effective introduction to the covered material. The presenter was excellent.

RW
Rich W.

Great course.

AM
Anne M.

Excellent presentation

SS
Stephanie S.

v interesting, thank you

PO
Patrick O.

Excellent in every sense. A nice summary of federal criminal law generally too.

RC
Robert Z C.

Good course, not my area of practice. Still interesting.

EE
Elizabeth E.

I have several of these cases and Ameer seemed to know what he was talking about. did learn a few things which is scary since I should have known them already!

TI
Terri I.

Not in my area of practice, but something I was curious about.

RL
Raymond L.

Great program!

JC
james c.

He is an excellent presenter and always makes his program interesting and informative.

RB
Randal B.

Very informative

NS
Nicholas S.

This one was pretty interesting -

MD
Mitchell D.

Informative good speaker.

SS
Simon S.

Excellent presenter and materials.

WK
William K.

VERY GOOD

WS
William S.

Excellent

MB
Matt B.

This CLE was well-informed as to the law, but is also highly relevant; as a criminal defense attorney, it still surprises just how many cases of police brutality exist. Thus, the only addition I might suggest for this CLE would be more discussion of real cases and how these laws were applied to those instances of police brutality (and/or alleged instances of police brutality).

CD
Charles D.

Very good presenter. The information was presented in a very coherent fashion.

DG
David G.

Thank you

JC
Jane C.

Very good presentation

DR
Debora R.

Well organized lecture -- very informative.

BN
Barbara N.

Awesome overview. Hit all the important areas and issues. Great checklist lecture because of the clear explanations. Impressive, concise, articulate. Did I say it was fantastic?

RJ
Robert E. J.

Very good job on subject matter and delivery.

CT
Camalyn T.

Great content. Great Speaker

CS
Candice S.

good

DG
Dennis G.

Great primer course.

RL
Robert L.

Very good in all respects.

MH
Matthew H.

I love Lawline!

OC
Osvaldo C.

Very good overview in order to start your research on this subject matter.

LC
Lourdes C.

Great presentation. Highly effective for the 1 hour limit.

ER
Elizabeth R.

Great presenter!

RM
Retha M.

This is a well-organized, dynamic presentation. The speaker is knowledgeable and shares his topic with energy and style. Thanks for an excellent course.

ST
Scott T.

speaker is very knowledgeable

ED
Edward D.

Very well done. Concise, informative, contextual.

SA
Sharon A.

Helpful information

SJ
Scott J.

Good overview.

EG
Eric G.

excellent

CS
Constantin S.

Great presentation.

JH
J. Donald H.

interesting presentation - engaging presenter

SW
steven w.

this guy speaks well

HG
Howard G.

Very Professional Presentation

TW
tina w.

speaker very good and materials very comprehensive too

NH
Nancy H.

A LOT of material here. Good overview.

DF
David F.

He is great with his presentation.

MH
Maria H.

It was excellent.

AK
Alex K.

Good lecturer, easy to understand.

KV
Karin V.

Good (and very broad) overview.

TM
Thomas M.

One of the best presentations and written material on any CLE I have ever taken.

RC
Rebecca C.

Very comprehensive and informative. And sadly very relevant in this day and age.

MO
Michael O.

This was one of the better courses.

AF
Amy F.

very clear/informative on distinguishing types of actions available. Great materials.

CK
Chris K.

Very concise and to he point!

DW
David W.

Instructor was very knowledgeable and well-prepared.

JG
Jose Angel G.

very good

PM
Pamela M.

Another great course and instructor. Presented at the appropriate level and quite clear.

SN
Stuart N.

Excellent presenter

TC
Tracy C.

One of the best on-line courses I have ever taken. Great presentation and materials.

LT
Lynn T.

He made the most of the time given! Very good presentation.

LL
Lindy L.

This was one of the best Lawline presentations I've seen.

JE
Jonathan E.

Very, very impressed with both Lawline and with the contents of Mr. Benno's presentation. Just excellent.

SW
SCOTT W.

Good information.

EA
Eliot A.

Very professional.

LG
Lawrence G.

perfect overview

GM
Gerard M.

well prepared speaker clear concise presentation

LL
LaNetra L.

Very informative presentation!

WH
William H.

This guy was outstanding. Great information in a great presentation.

MF
Mary F.

Another wonderful Lawline course! This presenter was effective, informative and efficient given the time constraints!

FB
Fredda B.

Excellent!

RG
Richard G.

excellent course

WH
William H.

Good introductions to Federal claims.

SJ
Stuart I. J.

excellent session!!!

HV
Henry V.

Very comprehensive.

KB
karen b.

really like this lecturer

KL
Kirk L.

good presentation

MB
Michael B.

good review

DM
Daniel M.

Good class

TD
Tom D.

Great presentation!

AH
Amy H.

I would like to see this expanded to 2 hours.

BS
Barbara S.

Very clear discussion and pointing out pitfalls and how federal law interacts with respective state laws.

SL
Sean L.

I was very pleased with this course. Wish it was longer and more in depth as to legal strategy.

VJ
Virginia J.

Excellent presenter

MG
Matthias G.

very helpful

KM
Katrina M.

He was a good presenter.

JL
James L.

An important topic for the times to be aware of and this course brings that to the forefront.

JD
John D.

Extremely informative and practical.

WH
William H.

Instructor was absolutely great!!!

AC
Alexander C.

Interesting course

RB
Roy B.

Excellent speaker. One of the best.

DW
David W.

Excellent seminar. Strong presentation.

JF
James A. F.

I suggest this program be expanded to 2 hours. There's a lot of material.

SS
Steve S.

Interesting

JH
James H.

The presenter was clear and concise.

LV
Laura V.

Excellent written materials with citations

TC
Thomas C.

Thank you.

HR
Homer R.

Excellent presentation

MD
Matthew D.

Good course. Would recommend.

JM
joseph m.

Great course

RC
Richard C.

His courses are consistently superb. A wonderful presenter.

JA
Justin A.

Informative course.

JV
Jose V.

Great written material. Thanks.

EP
Eric P.

Excellent.

RS
Rodney S.

Good job

JS
James S.

This guy was fantastic! Great course!

PS
Peter S.

Super speaker who, in a very short period of time, managed to cast considerable light on the who, what, when, and where regarding the subject matter of his presentation.

DE
David E.

Very clear explanations.

GB
Gregory B.

Timely

JG
James G.

excellent presentation

DF
Daniela F.

Good overview.

AA
Angela A.

Excellent presentation. The speaker was extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter and presented the materials in a clear and concise manner.

RD
Rhonda D.

Speaker was excellent. Enjoyed this alot.

MS
Marni S.

Great speaker. Very informative lecture.

BT
Brian T.

Great overview

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