The Constitutions of the United States and the State of California contain many provisions that protect us against certain government action. An individual whose rights have been violated is often allowed to seek compensation from the government through a civil lawsuit. Because there are specific rules that apply to these cases, it is especially important to seek guidance from a civil rights attorney.
Examples of civil rights lawsuits include:
- Excessive force/police brutality, including unreasonable use of firearms, TASERs, batons, pepper spray or other weapons
- False arrest/imprisonment
- Unreasonable search or seizure of person or property, including strip searches and body cavity searches
- Violation of the right to free speech
- Discrimination based on race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or other classifications in places of public accommodation
- Prisoner right’s claims, including conditions of confinement, cruel and unusual punishment, and inadequate medical or mental healthcare