Police Brutality, Abuse, Discrimination & Retaliation
Civil rights are the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. The rights of individuals to receive equal treatment and to be free from unfair treatment or discrimination in a number of settings — including, but not limited to, education, employment, and housing.
This means that your employer cannot treat you differently because of your race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, and other classifications. It also means that you have the right to complain to your employer if you think you are being treated differently. If your employer treats you differently or retaliates against you because you complain that you are being treated differently your employer might be breaking the law.
As recent media stories indicated, cases of police excessive force are rampant throughout the country and the world. Often cops, and the police forces they represent, are not held accountable by the community. We hold police forces to a higher standard and we challenge them across the nation in cases ranging from police excessive force to death in custody.
The Law Offices of Bonner & Bonner specialize in cases of abuse and discrimination. Contact Bonner & Bonner and we can help you recover what you are entitled to and obtain the justice you seek.
A Case Like Yours
I worked for my employer for more than 10 years. For the last 7 years all of my performance evaluations have been “Meets Expectations.” Six months ago I got a new manager. He is white and I am black. There are 6 other employees in my group; I am the only one who is black but I have the most experience. In fact I trained all of the other employees in my group and they all still come to me for help with projects. From the very beginning the new manger has been more critical of my work. Two months ago we had a big project due. I stayed late to finish the project. Two of my peers did not. The project was a big success and my manager gave both of my peers bonuses even though I finalized the project. The same thing happened last month. I was the project lead working with 3 of my peers. The project was a success and my three peers got bonuses and letters from the manager. When I asked him why I did not get a bonus, he made some excuse that it was unrelated to the project, then he said “maybe we would get along better if you cut your hair and stopped looking so ghetto.” I could not believe he said that. I always dress professionally and my hair is always well maintained. I was so angry I went to HR and filed a discrimination complaint against my manager. Two days later he asked me to meet with him in his office. He told me he was putting me on a performance improvement plan and a last chance agreement. He said I could be fired the next time I got out of line. He also told me I would have a short career if I did not “get my priorities straight.” I was going to go back to HR, but I did not want to lose my job.
Our Client's Discrimination Testimonial
There was a neighborhood dispute in front of my house and I called 911 and asked the dispatcher to send police to take care of the situation. When the cops arrived however the dispute was over and we did not need them anymore. I told them we did not need them and my wife told them we did not need them but then one officer entered my house without saying anything and without me permission. The officer told me to go outside, where the other officer was standing and I did as he said. After I exited the house, I walked down three steps and the officer behind me grabbed my hands and held them behind my back. He didn’t say anything to me. At the same time the officer in front of me grabbed my ankles. They carried me down the last couple stairs, slammed me against the railing and then started punching me in my stomach and the left side of my face. My wife came out of the house and asked why they were hitting me and they told her to go back inside or they would taze her so she did. My kids were also there and watched as the officers kicked me, and put me in a chokehold. They handcuffed me and after they had already put the handcuffs on me they hit me and put their knee on my back while I was face down on the ground. I never fought back and while they hit me my wife had a panic attack and later had to be taken to the hospital. I had a concussion, broken nose and needed stitches from a gash over my eye. While I was bleeding on the ground a woman police officer tried to get my wife to say that I had hit her and that the officers were responding to a domestic dispute. They cops say that I was yelling, screaming and acting aggressively but I wasn’t and then the officers filed criminal charges against me. Bonner & Bonner were able to get the criminal charges dropped and bring an action against the police department.
Our Client's Police Brutality Testimonial