Civil Rights Cases Attorneys in Chicago

Chicago Civil Rights Attorneys

Civil rights violations are running rampant in America today. We have seen a sudden increase in reported civil rights abuses in the news most recently. I have a long history of obtaining justice for those wronged by civil rights violations. Early in my career I tried a case where a young man hanged himself in Markham, which is a suburban Chicago jail. My boss urged me to try that case because there was no way I could win it. Well, I ended up winning it and got a rather large verdict for his family. It was one of the first verdicts in the country for someone who hanged himself in a municipal jail. I knew right then I had to help these victims, because otherwise they were not being heard.

People call me when the police departments in their various communities have wronged them. These cases include excessive force by the police officers, unlawful arrest, and unlawful home invasions. We must pursue these cases to keep the law enforcement community responsible for the damage they cause. Each citizen has a right to be treated equally, even when they are accused of a crime.

What are civil rights?

Civil rights are the rights of citizens to freedom and equality. You have the right not to be discriminated with regards to education, housing, employment, politics, and more based on your race, gender, disability, or religion. Civil rights ensure that everyone has access and can participate in civil and political activities without discrimination or oppression.

What are some examples of civil rights violations?

There are many ways in which people’s civil rights are violated on a daily basis in the United States. The most common include:

  • Denied employment or housing due to race, religion, or disability.
  • Unlawful arrest, home invasions, or excessive force due to race or religion.
  • Denied service due to race, religion, or disability.
  • Discrimination in the workplace due to gender, disability, religion, or race.
  • Intimidation tactics to prevent minority voting.

What do I do if my civil rights have been violated?

If you have suffered a civil rights violation, you will need to take specific steps in order to hold those accountable. Do the following:

  1. If you have been a victim of police brutality, excessive force, or unlawful arrest, remain calm and remain still.
  2. Do not speak to the police, but instead ask to speak to an attorney. Once you inform law enforcement that you want to speak to an attorney, all police interrogation must stop.
  3. Once you are able to, write down everything that you remember about the incident. Include only objective facts about what occurred.
  4. Write down names of people involved or witnesses that were present.
  5. If you were injured, save all medical documents and medical bills from your incident.
  6. Call an experienced civil rights attorney in your area.
  7. Give all information to your attorney. Be honest and open with your attorney. Anything you tell your attorney is strictly confidential.

Your attorney will speak with you about your case, formulate a legal strategy, and explain in detail the process of what will occur during litigation. Civil rights cases are incredibly complex and it is important that you work closely with your attorney so that they have all the important information to help you. There are time limitations for filing your case. Don’t wait to talk to an experienced civil rights attorney and protect your rights.

Call the Law Offices of Meyer & Blumenshine for a free consultation. We would be more than happy to assist you with your civil rights case. Call (312) 263-1000 today.


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