Civil Rights

 
 
 
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The founding fathers of our great country believed that we are all created equal and we are all endowed with certain unalienable rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Civil rights are the rights of personal liberty and freedom guaranteed to every American citizen. These rights are guaranteed to you by the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which are known as the Bill of Rights.

When your civil rights are violated by another person, a company, a corporation, your employer and/or the government, you may have the right to file a lawsuit seeking justice and compensation for injuries and damages caused by the violation of your civil rights.
 
 
As an American, your rights include:
  • Your right to equal protection, including protection against unlawful employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability
  • Your right to be free from excessive force, including protection against police brutality, false arrest, and the unreasonable use of deadly force
  • Your right to due process, including protection against government depravations of life, liberty, or property
  • Your right to privacy, including protection against public disclosure of your private information that unfairly damages your reputation or destroys your career
  • Your right to freedom of speech, including protection against the government when it punishes or wrongfully terminates employees who speak out on matters of public concern
 
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Civil rights claims are quite challenging, and involve very complex procedural rules. If you do not follow these rules, your case can be thrown out of court before it even starts. For example, in almost all employment discrimination cases, you must file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before filing a lawsuit. The EEOC is the federal agency that investigates workplace discrimination and retaliation complaints based on an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, and disability. If you fail to first file a timely complaint with the EEOC, you can lose your right to later file a discrimination lawsuit in court.

Civil rights cases also have short deadlines. If you do not follow these deadlines, your case can be thrown out of court. In many cases against a form of government body whether the federal government, the state, county or a municipality, you must give the government special notice before you file a lawsuit. This notice is called an ante litem notice, or is often times also referred to as a “Notice of Claim.” In cases against cities and police departments, your deadline for filing your ante litem can be as little as 180 days after your rights are violated. This is a very short time period, especially if you are recovering from personal injuries that were sustained during a serious civil rights violation.
Building a strong civil rights case requires a thorough investigation. My team will interview all witnesses and safely secure all evidence. I work with the best experts to review the facts and testify on your behalf. Civil rights litigation requires significant time and resources. My team will carefully evaluate the Constitution, civil rights laws, and all of the facts and circumstances of your case to determine if your civil rights have been violated, and you can always count on me to “shoot you straight” as to whether filing a civil rights lawsuit will be in your best interest based on all factors considered.

My team understands exactly how to build a winning civil rights case. I pride myself on being the voice for victims of discrimination, and I am ready to help you get the justice you deserve.
 
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Excessive Force / Police Brutality

No one deserves to be abused by the police. We are all seeing too many examples of police brutality across our country these days. I personally believe that police brutality has always been alive and active in our country, but covered up and concealed from the public. However, and with modern technology such as smart phones and body cameras, we now have the ability to capture and preserve this evidence when it occurs and hold those accountable for what would have been “swept under the rug” or “lost” in the past.
 

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Excessive Force/Police Brutality

 
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No one deserves to be abused by the police.

We are all seeing too many examples of police brutality across our country these days. I personally believe that police brutality has always been alive and active in our country, but covered up and concealed from the public. However, and with modern technology such as smart phones and body cameras, we now have the ability to capture and preserve this evidence when it occurs and hold those accountable for what would have been “swept under the rug” or “lost” in the past.
 
 
Now please hear me say this – some of the finest folks I’ve ever met and had the privilege to represent have been members of law enforcement. These are folks who love America just as much as I do, and risk their lives everyday on the job to protect and serve others. There is nothing easy about being a police officer, and because of this, the law provides policemen with broad authority to perform their duties. It is important to understand not every push or shove or form of intimidation by a police officer is an excessive use of force in the eyes of the law. Police officers are also entitled to a qualified immunity defense. This means that a lawsuit against a police officer can be thrown out of court if you do not prove that a clearly established federal law or constitutional right has been violated. These are good laws that protect those honest and hard-working police officers who are trying their best to perform a hard job – those whom I consider to be the vast majority of police officers on the job.

The problems are caused by those “bad apples.” We have “bad apples” in every profession. They typically represent a small percentage of a profession, but their actions and conduct cause significant injury and embarrassment to the profession as a whole. However, and unlike most other professions, a “bad apple” police officer carries a badge and a gun, and he can very easily kill you or cause significant injury.
 
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Law enforcement officers take an oath to protect and serve our communities. Yet, every year there are hundreds of thousands reports of abuse filed by victims of excessive force and police brutality. Millions of dollars are paid out each year in connection to police misconduct-related settlements and judgments. In my opinion, more emphasis needs to be placed on the character of the person who is hired to serve a police officer, and every police department, regardless of size, should focus on additional training to better prepare for scenarios as they arise. I think it is also important that better training reinforces the fact that the police are to be considered “peace officers,” not military commandos.
 
When you are the victim of excessive force or police brutality, you are entitled to justice. You will need an excessive force/police brutality lawyer who understands the limits of police authority and one who will help guide you through the immunity defenses. Taking on the government can seem overwhelming, but I will do everything the law allows to make sure your rights are protected.

Pick the phone up and CALL ME if you have been the victim of excessive force or police brutality, or to schedule your FREE consultation.

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