Civil Rights Focus

Our Firm & Your Rights

The law firm of Leventhal & Klein specializes in seeking justice for victims of police brutality.

In instances of improper treatment by law enforcement officials, it is easy to see why victims may hesitate to seek legal advice. Intimidation, fear of retaliation, or concerns of simply overreacting are commonplace in these situations.

That is why we, at Leventhal & Klein, encourage all victims of police brutality to seek a free, confidential consultation as soon as possible to determine whether Leventhal & Klein can help you in your search for justice.

Title 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights

Section 1983 of Title 42 of the U.S. Code is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1871. This important law allows citizens to sue persons who, under the color of federal, state or local law, deprive them of their constitutional rights. This law was originally passed to battle racial violence in Southern states at the end of the Civil War. Today, legal precedents have established Section 1983 as a means for enforcing the constitutional rights of all victims of police brutality.

The attorneys at Leventhal & Klein have handled hundreds of cases under Section 1983, including:

• Excessive force by police officers during arrests and in central booking facilities
• Failure to protect inmates from attacks/deliberate indifference/jail injuries
• Wrongful death, including jail suicide and police shootings
• Discrimination in a city workplace based on sexual orientation
• Excessive force by corrections officers
• Prison rape by a corrections officer
• Unlawful strip search
• Racial profiling
• Sexual abuse and/or harassment by police and correction officers
• False arrest
• Malicious prosecution