Civil Rights: The Bedrock Of Our Democracy
The U.S. Constitution as well as federal and state laws protect our civil rights, no matter who we are or where we come from. These civil rights recognize our freedom from discrimination and create the foundation necessary for our democracy. When the government or someone in power violates your civil rights, they threaten your freedom, and we must hold them responsible.
In cases like these, you must act carefully but quickly. Choose a firm that you can trust to defend your rights. At C. Norris Law Group, our attorneys are dedicated to standing by our clients and standing up to those in power. We have extensive experience with civil rights cases and will walk with you through every step on your journey to justice. Although civil rights violations can happen in many ways, such as employment and housing discrimination, the most common cases we handle involve police brutality.
Police Brutality In Chicago Is Not New
For decades, the news headlines have reported incidents of police brutality daily. If you have experienced police brutality or excessive use of force firsthand, you have a right to seek justice. Macroaggression by a few police officers has spread public distrust throughout the city. It is essential to hold those officers accountable for their misconduct.
Do not be afraid to step forward. Call our Chicago office to find out how we can help. Our attorneys will stand by you and fight to uphold your constitutional rights and stand up to:
- Use of excessive force
- Use of deadly force
- Verbal attacks
- Racial profiling
- Unreasonable searches or seizures of your person or property
- False arrest
- Malicious behavior
- Sexual assault or rape
- False imprisonment
- Deaths in custody
If a police officer or corrections officer violates your rights – which the U.S. Constitution and Illinois law protect – you may have the standing to file a lawsuit against the officer in civil court. We can also defend you against any related criminal charges.
Battling Police Misconduct One Case At A Time Through Section 1983 Claims
Federal law permits filing a civil rights lawsuit, called a Section 1983 claim, when a law officer or corrections officer, while acting under the “color of law,” violates a person’s protected rights, privileges or immunities. For example, when a police officer makes a false arrest or when a corrections officer verbally abuses an inmate, they are misusing their authority and power, thus acting under the color of law.
These cases are complex. One of our experienced attorneys can help you file a claim to seek an injunction or monetary compensation for damages, including punitive damages and attorneys’ fees. You may feel unsure about how to take on those in power, but that is what we are here for. You don’t have to face this alone.
Contact A Dedicated Civil Rights Attorney Today
Despite the recent movements for police reform, cases of police brutality have not lessened as much as we would hope. If you believe the police have overreached, you can seek justice. Send us an email or call C. Norris Law Group, at 312-625-6129. Work with an attorney who has the experience and passion to take hold of your case. We will help you build a power-packed strategy to achieve justice.