New York Civil Rights Attorneys
The United States Constitution guarantees that everyone is protected from government and public agencies overstepping boundaries to get what they want. It is part of our civil rights. Under the law, individuals are to be treated fairly when interacting with authorities on all levels. Discrimination and abuse should not play a part in how an individual is handled. Yet incidents of civil rights violations have been pushed into the spotlight in recent years due to the accessibility of cell phone photos and videos documenting numerous cases of excessive force by police, racial profiling and unlawful arrest.
Excessive Force, Police Brutality and Racial Profiling
Excessive force by police, police brutality and racial profiling have become an ongoing national conversation since the events in Ferguson, Missouri, when in August, 2014, unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by police, sparking protests across the country. While there is no clear-cut definition of excessive force, if a law enforcement officer goes beyond the force that a reasonable and prudent officer would use under the circumstances, it is considered excessive, and a civil rights violation. While that definition of excessive force may sound vague and open to interpretation, it does not give the police free range in the way they handle potential suspects. Also, it is against the law for a police officer to suspect or arrest a person based solely on race, ethnicity or religion, a practice we have come to identify as racial profiling.
False Arrest, False Imprisonment, Malicious Prosecution and Unjust Conviction
While excessive force may be the most talked about civil rights violation, it should not minimize the other violations that occur on a daily basis. A false arrest transpires when an individual is arrested even though law enforcement officials did not have enough probable cause to do so. A person being held against his or her will in any capacity could be a victim of false imprisonment. At times, the government will go ahead with the prosecution of a case when there clearly is not enough evidence or probable cause, leading to a potential malicious prosecution. Sometimes an individual is even convicted of a crime he or she did not commit and spends time in prison for another person’s offense. The fortunate ones have these unjust convictions overturned, even though precious time has been taken away from an innocent person’s life.
Taking on the Government and Police for a Civil Rights Violation
Taking on the government or the police may seem like an intimidating task. You need an attorney with a deep knowledge of civil rights law and one who will not back down while standing up for your civil rights. Individuals who have had their civil rights violated should be compensated for their injuries and suffering, not only monetarily but they can affect change in policy and the system that wronged them.
Experienced New York Civil Rights Attorneys
Every city and state has a specific statute of limitations. In other words, there is only a limited amount of time after an incident occurs in which you can file a lawsuit. The Finz firm has a team of top lawyers who will investigate your civil rights case and guide you through the legal process. Filing a law suit against a person or government agency who has violated your civil rights will not only hold them responsible for the suffering you have endured, but will also protect others by showing this behavior will not be tolerated in the eyes of the law.
Contact the NY Civil Rights Attorneys at the Finz Firm Today
If you, a family member or a friend has been a victim of a civil rights violation, call the law firm of Finz & Finz, P.C. at (855) TOP-FIRM to speak with an experienced civil rights attorney now or fill out the Free Civil Rights Case Evaluation Form.