Civil Rights

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Apr 6, 2011

A victim of domestic violence who accused a former Stamford, Connecticut police officer of threatening her - leading to his resignation from the force in 2009 - has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city, police department and former police chief.

The Stamford Advocate reports that the lawsuit claims fellow officers knew about an affair between the former police officer and the domestic violence victim, but kept it a secret due to a "code of silence" among officers.

An attorney claims that the former officer, Donald Greer, the city and his former chief violat

Mar 28, 2011

A man from Irving, Texas, recently filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Arlington and its police department claiming an officer shot him at least twice with a Taser despite the fact that authorities were looking for a car theft suspect who was of a different race.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the lawsuit was filed by Jonathan Pierce, who claims police were chasing a stolen vehicle when it crashed into a minivan.

Mar 15, 2011

The city of Danbury, Connecticut, and federal officials have agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought by day laborers, Reuters reports.

According to the National Day Laborer Organization Network, the $650,000 settlement is the largest amount of compensation ever awarded to day laborers.

"It's a cautionary tale for other municipalities: Police don't have free license to target and harass day laborers," said an attorney involved in the civil rights lawsuit.

The complaint was reportedly filed by eight Latino day laborers after they were allegedl

Mar 4, 2011

A California community college student who claims the FBI put a GPS tracking device on his car has filed a lawsuit against the agency, accusing it of violating his civil rights, The Associated Press reports.

According to the news provider, 20-year-old Yasir Afifi claims a mechanic performing an oil change on his car in October found and removed the device.

Feb 23, 2011

A lawsuit filed recently by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations claims that the FBI violated the civil rights of hundreds of Muslim Americans by monitoring a number of mosques in Southern California only because of religion.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of three Muslims, accuses the FBI of paying a resident of Irvine, California, to record conversations and go under cover at the mosques.

Over a 14-month span, the FBI allegedly used the informant to collect the personal information