Jacksonville, Florida Civil Rights Law Firm Fights Police Misconduct: Victims’ Rights Attorneys Assert and Protect Citizens’ Constitutional Rights
John M. Phillips
A police or sheriff department is required to protect and serve its citizens, not put them in danger, injure them or engage in offensive behavior. In order to protect innocent and vulnerable citizens, police or sheriff departments must have rules, policies and systems in place that ensure that its employees have the proper training and tools at their disposal to make encounters with citizens as safe as possible for themselves, the citizens they encounter and innocent bystanders.
When police officers and police departments hurt or kill the very people they are sworn to serve and protect, we will demand accountability and change.
Civil rights law is the focuses on protecting an American’s Constitutional Rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, as well as the 13th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution. What rights do we protect? Your rights to due process, equal treatment under the law of all people regarding enjoyment of life, liberty, property, and protection. Some of the areas we focus on are:
- First Amendment / Freedom of Expression (Free Speech)
- Police Misconduct / Police Brutality
- Wrongful Convictions / Wrongful Arrest
- Due Process Violations
- Wrongful Detention / Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Examples of cases:
Aviana Bailey v. City of Daytona Beach Police
A woman visited Florida from Boston to see the father of her unborn child. Greeted at the airport with sneakers, she looked forward to some time away from work and school while responsibly addressing her child’s future. Unbeknownst to her, a stranger made a false report accusing the future father of waiving a gun in the airport- a clear, documented lie. What happens next is a police chase and an all out abuse and reckless use of power, leaving Aviana paralyzed. More about the case is located here.
John Study v. Officer of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
John Study was minding his own business, trying to save a parking spot in a busy parking lot for his pregnant fiancee. At the same time, an off duty officer wanted to grab a bite to eat. First, Study contents the officer hit him with his car and then pulled a gun on Study. The account is here.
The JSO originally ignored the incident, but is now conducting an internal investigation into the officer’sactions that day. We must keep those who have more power accountable for the use of power.
Too many more
Call us for a free consultation if you or a loved one have been the victim.