Civil Rights Lawsuits
All human beings in the United States have certain rights which may not be violated by another person or by a governmental entity. You may not be discriminated against in such settings as housing, employment and education, and must receive equal treatment under civil rights laws. Although the Civil Rights Movement specifically referred to equal rights for African-Americans, today, the term “civil rights,” is used to describe equality for all, regardless of national origin, religion, disability, sex, age or race. While most laws which both govern and regulate civil rights originate at the federal level, states may also pass civil rights laws. It is important to note that civil liberties differ from civil rights, as civil liberties are more broad-based rights and freedoms guaranteed at the federal level.
The civil rights attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have helped many clients receive just compensation for claims involving civil rights infringements, including police brutality and police misconduct. Our attorneys will zealously fight for your freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of religion, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, and protections against racial discrimination. If you have been arrested, charged, or found guilty of a crime in Mississippi, you have constitutionally protected rights. Our attorneys will work hard on your behalf in cases where your civil rights were violated, including racial profiling, racial discrimination, police misconduct or brutality and other violations of your civil rights.Your “Protected” Rights Under the U.S. Constitution
There are certain “protected” rights which may have been violated in your specific situation. These protected rights include freedom of speech and the freedom from:
- Discrimination which interferes with equal opportunity in education, employment or housing;
- Discrimination which interferes with your voting rights;
- Discrimination based on sex;
- Discrimination based on age;
- Discrimination based on color;
- Discrimination based on religion;
- Discrimination based on national origin, and
- Discrimination based on handicap.
More specifically, the following Constitutional Amendments apply:
- The First Amendment guarantees the right to freely express yourself, the right to assemble peacefully, the right to petition, and certain religious freedoms.
- The Fourth Amendment guarantees freedom from unreasonable search and seizure (police officers must have probable cause and a warrant when required, to search your person and/or your belongings.
- The Eighth Amendment protects U.S. citizens from cruel and unusual punishments, excessive bail requirements, and excessive fines.
- The Fourteenth Amendment addresses citizenship rights, and the rights of citizens, particularly “equal protection of the laws,” a phrase which figures prominently in many landmark legal cases. The Fourteenth Amendment also prohibits states from violating a person’s right to due process and equal protections.
The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates take violations of civil rights very seriously, aggressively pursuing justice for victims of police misconduct or fraud by prosecutors or law enforcement. We have represented many clients in civil rights lawsuits, helping those injured by police misconduct or police brutality. In one specific civil rights lawsuit, we obtained a verdict of $2.1 million against a Mississippi police department after a young man was brutally suffocated by officers during his arrest. In another civil rights lawsuit, officers broke a juvenile’s arm during his arrest, and our attorneys obtained a settlement in that case as well.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury, or been killed by a police office, jailer, or other state agent in the state of Mississippi, we want to help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to by filing a civil rights lawsuit on your behalf. In fact, if your civil rights have been violated in any way, whatsoever, the Coxwell & Associates civil rights lawyers can help. Contact Coxwell & Associates today to schedule a consultation. For further information regarding civil rights violations in Jackson, Mississippi, see below: