In terms of filing a lawsuit for police misconduct, there are several federal and state causes of action. In terms of a federal cause of action, a claim is typically brought under 42 U.S.C. section 1983. This section provides that [e]very person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the … Continued
The police killing of concealed carry permit holder Philando Castile is a troubling, for a variety of reasons, as are the killings of the 5 police officers in Dallas, TX that soon followed. I discuss the civil rights and gun rights implications of those killings on my gun rights website in this article.
Civil rights lawsuits are one of the most important tools our society has for putting a stop to abuses of power.
In cases where a person’s civil rights are violated by the police or another governmental agency, it is important to preserve evidence of the violation for use in court later. A variety of smartphone apps now exist for this very purpose.
All too often, a person whose civil rights have already been violated will also face retaliatory criminal charges. Taking the right action to avoid such charges is important.
In cases where a person’s civil rights have been violated by the police or another governmental actor, it is important to ensure that the evidence is swiftly preserved. Failing to do so can make it difficult or even impossible to address the misconduct that a person has suffered.
There are some police officers who engage in misconduct and commit acts of brutality. Properly handling such a situation of abuse on the part of the police is vital to protecting oneself, obtaining the justice that is deserved, and putting a stop to such wrongdoing, so as to protect oneself and the community as a whole.