Los Angeles Civil Rights Lawyers
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4, 1776, is the corner stone upon which our modern civil rights laws are based. A civil right is a right that has been created by the government (Federal, State, or both) and protected by the United States Constitution or a State Constitution.
Your civil rights include freedom of speech, press, assembly, the right to vote, freedom from involuntary servitude, and the right to equality in public places. Our rights cannot be denied or interfered with due to race, sex, religion, age, previous condition of servitude, physical limitation, national origin and, in some cases, sexual preference.
Your rights have been further protected by the passing of federal laws such as the American Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Employment Act, the Voting Rights Act, and so on. Many states have also passed additional laws that specifically address discrimination.
Due to media attention and increased public awareness, many state and federal legislators are now addressing the discriminatory practices often used by many law enforcement agencies called "racial profiling".
Racial profiling, sometimes referred to as DWB (driving while black), has resulted in thousands of needless interrogations and searches based on a stereotype. Law enforcement has defended this practice by insisting that they had "reasonable suspicion" that a crime was being committed. However, they refuse to acknowledge that, in many cases, their reasonable suspicion is based solely on race. This practice is not only illegal it is a denial of your civil rights according to the 4th amendment to the US Constitution that protects you against unreasonable searches.
If you have been denied your civil rights, either by a public entity (government agency, law enforcement agency, etc.); or by an individual (landlord, employer, business owner, etc.) you may be able to file a claim for damages. Contact one of our skilled civil rights lawyers today to discuss your case.
It's your right.