A portion of our practice is dedicated to taking on selected cases where our clients have been targeted and subjected to misconduct by law enforcement. Our practice represents victims who have been subjected to physical injury, racially motivated arrests and other police misconduct. We pursue justice not only through money damages but also by holding police officers and police departments publicly accountable for civil rights violations.
Mr. Sterling is a member of the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP), which is dedicated to ending police abuse of authority through coordinated legal action, public education, and support for grassroots and victims’ organizations combating police misconduct. Mr. Sterling has lectured and trained other attorneys in the area of police misconduct litigation, most recently at the American Bar Association’s 2021 Spring Conference, entitled “Resolving Civil Rights Disputes in the Age of Disruption.”
In 2017, Mr. Sterling obtained three seven-figure settlement awards stemming from litigation against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Probation Department. These federal civil rights lawsuits triggered widespread reform throughout the County Departments. In 2018, Mr. Sterling obtained two seven-figure awards and numerous six-figure settlement awards against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Probation Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Department of Child and Family Services. In 2019, Mr. Sterling and his team won a six-figure verdict against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in an excessive force trial, where the jury awarded punitive damages against two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies. Mr. Sterling has kicked off 2022 with 3 six-figure settlement awards for victims of police violence. To date, Mr. Sterling’s pending litigation against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the LAPD, Sheriff’s Department, as well as other local governmental entities and municipalities, seeks to hold bad actors accountable for civil rights violations. It’s not enough to secure just compensation for his clients, as much of the work is impact litigation. Impact litigation seeks to bring about institutional reform and policy change in order to address the structural inequalities that promote government abuse in the first place.
Mr. Sterling’s experience includes negotiating favorable settlements, in addition to trying complex personal injury cases. Our firm specializes in the following areas of practice:
- TASER Abuse
- Wrongful Death
- Excessive Force
- Police Misconduct
- Sexual Abuse Under Color of Authority
If your civil rights have been violated and you were injured as a result of government abuse and/or violence, we invite you to contact our firm today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.