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Everyone deserves and is entitled to equal treatment under the law, yet a distressing number of Americans experience discrimination and even physical violence as a result of their race. Even more disturbing is that many of these incidents involve law enforcement officers that have sworn an oath to serve and protect all members of their communities.
Our Salt Lake City civil rights lawyer at Ayres Law Firm has over 20 years of legal experience and is committed to fighting for equality. If you have been the victim of racial discrimination or police misconduct, our firm is prepared to do everything possible to help you pursue justice. We can represent you in a civil lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries as well as punitive damages.
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What Qualifies as Racial Discrimination?
Every resident of the United States has the right to freedom from discrimination on the basis of certain protected classes. These protected classes include race, religion, nationality, sex, disability, color, and age. When you are discriminated against as a result of your belonging to one of these protected classes, the perpetrator has committed a civil rights violation.
Racial discrimination occurs when an individual’s civil rights are violated on account of their race. Many have experienced racial discrimination when seeking housing and job opportunities. Others will tragically face racially motivated mistreatment at the hands of police officers.
Common examples of racial discrimination include:
- Refusing housing because of an applicant’s race
- Refusing employment opportunities due to a candidate’s race
- Refusing service at a public business because of a customer’s race
- Blocking a U.S. citizen’s right to vote because of a voter’s race
- Violent attacks linked to a victim’s race (also called hate crimes)
- Use of unnecessary excessive force by a law enforcement officer as a result of someone’s race
- False arrests made by a law enforcement officer as a result of someone’s race
What Qualifies as Unnecessary Excessive Force?
The unfortunate reality is that some law enforcement officers will abuse their power and authority. Some will even unlawfully target civilians as a result of their race. Police misconduct can result in serious physical injuries and emotional damages, especially when the excessive force is racially motivated.
Examples of unnecessary excessive force and police brutality include:
- Body slamming or slamming a civilian’s head against an object or surface
- Unnecessary use of firearms
- Unnecessary use of tasers
- Unnecessary use of pepper spray
- Unnecessary use of batons or other blunt objects
- Verbal mistreatment (including the use of racial slurs)
- Unlawful search and seizure
- False arrest and imprisonment
- Violations of prisoner’s rights (including denying access to an attorney)
No one should be subject to police misconduct of any kind but especially not because of their race. Our Salt Lake City civil rights attorney is prepared to hold police officers accountable for discriminatory misconduct.
Our attorney brings years of experience and he will continuously fight for you.
Get the justice you deserve!
The legal options available to victims of racial discrimination and excessive force will depend on the circumstances of the incident. If you experienced racial discrimination at work or when seeking housing, you may need to file a complaint with the appropriate state or federal agency before receiving permission to pursue further legal action.
Those who have experienced racially motivated police brutality can sue the officers responsible for the misconduct and potentially recover damages. This can include compensation for physical injuries, including hospital bills, as well as emotional injuries and mental suffering. Depending on the severity and egregiousness of the excessive force, you may also be able to seek punitive damages.
Winning any suit will involve demonstrating that the act was inherently discriminatory – that is, the mistreatment was primarily the result of your race and not some other factor. This can be challenging to prove without the support of an experienced legal professional. Our Salt Lake City civil rights lawyer at Ayres law Firm has the skill, knowledge, and resources you will need when fighting for justice.
Tyler AyresFounding Attorney
Tyler Ayres made a name for himself as a Utah criminal defense and civil rights attorney. He fought for the rights of real people accused of crimes and hurt by the government.Whether it is in the courtroom or behind the scenes, he brings the same high level of dedication, tenacity, and competitiveness to protect real people.