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Federal Civil Rights in Hampden County, Massachusetts
CIVIL RIGHTS: What are Civil Rights?
Civil and political rights are a class of rights that protect individuals’ freedom from unwarranted infringement by governments and private organizations, and ensure one’s ability to participate in civil and political life of the state without discrimination or repression.
Civil Rights include the people’s physical and mental integrity, life and safety. They include protection from discrimination on grounds such as race, gender, national original, race, ethnicity, religion or disability. They also include freedoms of speech, expression, religion, the press, assembly and movement.
Political rights included procedural fairness in law, such as the rights of the accused to a fair trial, due process, the rights to seek redress or a legal remedy.
Congress enacted 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in order to protect the rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. Under Section 1983, a victim can file a lawsuit in federal court for police brutality.
How exactly does this work?
Common Kinds of Police Brutality
Victims can be harmed in many ways by malicious police actions. Some of the more common types of police brutality include:
What Is Section 1983?
Section 1983 allows any person within the United States to sue a government official for depriving them of a constitutional right. In police brutality suits, the following violations are common:
Who Can Be Sued Under Section 1983?
Victims of police brutality can sue a variety of people and entities under Section 1983. Depending on the circumstances, this can include:
Case against Ian Freeman, who attempted to videotape auction at Palmer Town Hall, dismissed.
Firms Recent Success with Police Brutality
Attorney Shawn P. Allyn & Lisa A. Ball successfully won settlement for Melvin Jones who was brutally beaten by a Springfield Police Officer.
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