42 U.S.C. 1983 is a part of federal law that allows people to sue the government for deprivations of their rights under the United States Constitution. The history of Section 1983 dates back to the 1870’s when the Federal Government needed a vehicle to protect African-Americans from the inaction of southern states when it came to dealing with the Ku Klux Klan. Today Section 1983 can be used to bring actions against the state for offenses ranging from wrongful death of a prison inmate, false arrest, and excessive use of force by a police officer. As the suspension of habeas corpus drags on for another year, and as law enforcement acts more and more like a standing army, statutes like 42 U.S.C. 1983 become more important.
If you were prosecuted for a crime and were found guilty or if the charges were dismissed; if you were beaten by the police, or if you had your property stolen by the government, please give us a call.