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How do I bring a civil-rights claim under Section 1983

A Section 1983 lawsuit is a type of civil-rights claim against local or state-government officials for civil-rights violations. The lawsuit can be filed if the perpetrator was acting “under color of law.” Only federal rights are protected under this statute (42 U.S.C. § 1983), not state rights. “Under color of law: means that someone acted with the apparent authority of the state. These people include police officers, mayors, local government officials, prison wardens, and other public officials. If your civil rights have been violated by one of these officials you might be owed damages or have other relief available.

If you suspect that your civil rights have been violated, it is best that you speak with an experienced civil-rights lawyer. An attorney at The Chandra Law Firm LLC will bring you justice. If you live in or near Cleveland, OH, tell us your issue through

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