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Civil Rights Violations Archives

Fighting a false arrest

False arrests present problems for diverse New York neighborhoods. These arrests are often the province of officers pursuing quotas. Recent investigations into the New York Police Department (NYPD) revealed that officers receive acclaim for meeting their goal. And some police commanders may condone suspect practices to do so.

Drug charges case turns into civil rights violations matter

A drug charges case in another state has made national headlines. Police are accused of arresting 65 people after finding a tiny amount of marijuana at a house party. The district attorney handling the case has actually dropped the charges against all but one of the accused. The NAACP, however, is only just getting started on the civil rights violations claims it plans to file. This is a case that could change how police in New York and everywhere treat such drug crime cases in the future.

Victims of a civil rights violations may seek compensation

It is hard to go a day without hearing stories in the news about people's rights being violated. It happens far too frequently. Sometimes, those responsible try to brush such accusations under the rug, but victims do not have to let such behavior stand. Those in New York who are victims of civil rights violations may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.

Over 644,000 old warrants for minor offenses dismissed in NYC

In the face of a federal civil rights lawsuit, the NYPD has cut back on its stop-and-frisk practices and "broken windows" policing overall. Since the 1990s, the department had been aggressively enforcing minor offenses such as public drinking or riding a bike on the sidewalk. The idea was that cracking down on minor offenses in high-crime neighborhoods would set a tone that would reduce crime overall. Unfortunately, the policing practices often translated directly into racial profiling.

Bully victims have legal recourse in New York

We often think of bullying as something that happens in the schoolyard, something that kids tend to work out between themselves. However, with advances in technology, bullying is not something that takes place only in the schoolyard. It follows our children home, occurs in the middle of the night and has resulted in countless tragedies. Furthermore, it is not something that solely occurs between students. Cases of teachers and administrators engaging in bullying against students have also been known to happen.

Recent bomb threats possibly linked to civil rights violations

Jewish community centers across the country have recently been targeted by multiple bomb threats. Many of these establishments, including one in New York, have been subjected to a number of threats over a two-week period. A federal investigation is underway to determine if there are any possible civil rights violations associated with the threats.

When to take action if your child experiences school bullying

As a parent, you do everything you can to give your child a positive and joyful upbringing that also prepares them for the harsh real world. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your child ends up learning about human cruelty first-hand, thanks to school bullies. If your child's teacher and school administrators aren't taking steps to curtail the bullying, it may be time to consult with an attorney. This particularly applies in cases where the bullying results from your child's gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. An attorney can help advocate for your child to the school.

Civil rights violations: Homeless boy barred from basketball team

The U.S. Constitution guarantees every citizen of American civil rights of personal liberty regardless of the age of the citizen. A lawsuit alleging civil rights violations was recently filed on behalf of a child in another state. It might interest New York residents to see how even children can experience discrimination by adults. The defendants in this lawsuit include the county's Board of Education and its superintendent along with the liaison for homeless children of the school district.

Civil rights violations claim filed by disabled condo tenant

The federal government filed a lawsuit against the property owner of the apartment complex in New York. The claim alleges civil rights violations against a disabled tenant. The U.S. Attorney's office says the resident's deteriorating health necessitated the help of a service dog, and this was where the problem arose.

Facebook faces allegations of civil rights violations

Three women, one of them from New York, recently filed a lawsuit against Facebook. In this class-action claim, they accuse the defendant of civil rights violations by allowing its users to place discriminatory advertisements. The plaintiffs assert violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

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