Occupy Wall Street Protesters: Protecting Your Civil Rights

This is Part 1 of our 5 Part Series on Legal Rights for Occupy Wall Street Protesters. Please join the discussion on our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gunzburg-Law-New-York/114302128603525

Often a tragic event can have a silver lining if you look closely enough. Good things tend to have a way of coming out of something bad. John Walsh is a famous American father who tragically lost his young son Adam Walsh. Instead of lying down in defeat, he fought back for positive change by dedicating his life to capturing criminals. He has since gone on to bring thousands of criminals to justice through his work on the television show America’s Most Wanted. Other parents whose children have suffered similar fates, have turned to Congress to fight for tougher criminal laws in the wake of their children’s deaths-so that they did not have to die in vain. Good versus evil scenarios have deep roots in our country’s history. Over a hundred years ago, it was the negative activity of the Ku Klux Klan that encouraged a bill in Congress to get passed. It was designed to eliminate their barbaric activities. The bill was the United States Code Section 1983-also called the Civil Rights Act of 1871. It was created not only to protect the civil rights of African Americans, who had recently been freed from slavery, but also to protect the constitutional rights of all citizens. Under this law, you are able to seek compensation for wrongful arrest by police officers and in some cases, security guards. There are also state laws which specifically prohibit wrongful arrest.

If your rights have been violated by the police, contact a New York Police Civil RIghts Abuse Lawyer at Michael Gunzburg, P.C. today!

When deciding cases of civil liability with respect to police officers, the law differentiates between intentional and unintentional acts. The nature of the case determines the outcome. In order to win under Section 1983, the courts state that plaintiffs must allege and prove two key things: First, plaintiffs must show that the alleged conduct occurred under color of state law. Second, plaintiffs must show that the conduct deprived plaintiffs of Constitutional rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the United States Constitution. Our police civil rights abuse lawyers know the ins and outs of the law and will be able to tell you if your rights have been violated.

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