City of New York, Office of the Comptroller, Claims Filing

If you believe your civil rights were violated by the New York City Police Department or another New York City agency, you must file a notice of claim with the City within 90 days after the incident occurs. A notice of claim is not the same thing as a lawsuit, but you must file it on time in order to preserve your right to sue the City of New York. This website will explain the notice of claim process in greater detail.