Civil Rights

Find current civil rights cases in the news.

May 31, 2011

America has made many positive strides in regards to civil rights and the protection of liberty for each of its citizens. While there has been much progress, certain members of society still feel that equality is not a given for each group of people in the country.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released a memo officially closing a federal investigation of the actions of Austin, Texas policemen in regards to racial equality and fair treatment.

May 19, 2011

A federal civil rights lawsuit that claimed two Cobb County, Georgia police officers broke a man's nose while arresting him has reportedly been settled, The Associated Press reports.

According to the news provider, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which filed the suit on behalf of the man, said that it could not disclose the specific terms of the settlement.

"No amount of money can ever make up for the blatant violations of our client's constitutional and civil rights or the injuries he suffered," Mary Bauer, the legal director for the center, said in a stat

May 9, 2011

A former principal at New Jersey's Fort Lee High School recently filed a lawsuit claiming the board of education and superintendent violated his civil rights in the way they treated him during a 2009 grading scandal.

According to, Jay Berman was not accused of doing anything wrong and an investigation showed that he was not aware of the grade fixing, but he was allegedly suspended as principal and had a scheduled pay increase withheld.

The lawsuit claims that the board of education also petitioned the state to revoke Berman's tenure, which was reported

Apr 28, 2011

A man who claims his beating at the hands of Oneonta, New York police was racially motivated is planning to file a civil rights lawsuit against the city, reports Fox 40, a local television station.

According to the news provider, Bradford Shanks claims that he was beaten by Oneonta police officer Michael Breen in January after a traffic stop.

Apr 18, 2011

An African American employee has filed a lawsuit against employees and officials of Gloucester Township, New Jersey, after he was allegedly locked in a cage and taunted by two of his white co-workers while on the job, reports The Associated Press.

According to the news provider, Steven Brodie Jr. claims in the lawsuit that officials did nothing when he reported the April 2007 incident.