Civil Rights Violations

Individual citizens look to the government to provide protections against crime and illegal activity.

However, there are times when those in government positions abuse their power and authority against average citizens and instead the government officers who are entrusted to protect its citizens become those who commit the illegal acts.  The Civil Rights Act of 1871, codified as Federal Statute, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, allows those whose federally protected constitutional rights have been violated by government employees or officials to assert their claims in a court of law.  Acts which may form the basis for such claims include, but are not limited to:

  • Police Brutality and Excessive Force
  • Unlawful Police Shootings
  • Illegal Police Searches and Seizures
  • Racial Profiling
  • False Arrest and Imprisonment
  • Jail Abuse and Neglect

Civil rights violations can also occur in the private sector where customers are discriminated on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, familial status, or religion.  Customers may be the victims of unlawful discrimination in places of public accommodation due to unequal treatment in providing goods, services, facilities, or privileges at establishments which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Restaurants, Night Clubs, and Bars
  • Hotels, Motels and Inns
  • Hospitals, Clinics, and Nursing Homes
  • Retail Stores and Shopping Centers
  • Swimming Pools, Gyms and Health Clubs
  • Theaters, Museums, Concert Halls and Arenas

Sadly, unlawful discrimination is still being used to deny individuals equal treatment and even their most basic and fundamental constitutional rights.  Such practices must be put to an end.  If you believe that you, or someone you love has been the victim of a civil rights violation, contact the law firm of Henrichsen Siegel, P.L.L.C. without delay.