Indianapolis Civil Rights Attorney

Fighting Government & Police Abuses in Indianapolis and Indiana Statewide

Among the wrongs that can be committed against a person, civil rights abuses are some of the most serious and frightening. Normally we turn to the government and its legal system when we are wronged, but what do we do when individuals in the government are to blame? The Indiana civil rights attorneys at Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP know the law and procedures to stop the deprivation or abuse of civil rights and find an adequate remedy for the victims.

State and Federal Laws Provide Recourse for Civil Rights Abuses

A federal law, found at 42. U.S.C. 1983, allows individuals to sue for money damages for violations of their civil rights by state actors, such as officers and employees of the government, as well as people and entities “acting under the color of law,” such as public utilities, private prisons and housing authorities. In addition, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, along with laws such as the Americans with Disabilities act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Equal Pay Act, protect civil rights in employment, housing, public accommodations, educational admissions, and other areas on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, and a host of other protected characteristics.

At the state level, the Indiana Code 22-9 establishes the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC) and outlaws age discrimination as well as employment discrimination and equal access to housing for persons with disabilities, among other things. The civil rights attorneys at Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP are experienced trial lawyers who advocate strongly for your rights in state and federal court and before agencies including the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the ICRC.

Government abuses of the police power can be especially frightening and intimidating to challenge. Litigation, however, is often the fastest and most effective means to bring abuses to light and force changes to the system that will benefit society. The attorneys at Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP stand up for your rights and zealously argue for justice in the following situations:

  • Excessive force/Police brutality
  • Harassment by police
  • False arrests/Warrantless arrests
  • Unlawful shootings
  • Unlawful use of K-9 attack dogs
  • Malicious prosecution/Prosecutorial misconduct
  • Abuse of process
  • First Amendment violations

Experienced Trial Advocates for Your Indiana Civil Rights Claim

Whether pursuing an action under Section 1983, IC 22-9, or other federal or Indiana civil rights laws, choose experienced trial attorneys who can advocate effectively on your side and make sure your rights are vindicated. In Indianapolis or statewide, contact Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP.

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