A violation of a clearly established constitutional right under color of law gives rise to a Section 1983 civil rights lawsuit. Civil rights are those fundamental freedoms people enjoy regardless of race, religious belief, age or gender. This legal guide describes the basics of a Civil Rights case.
Civil rights are guaranteed by our federal government. The laws that protect citizens against government misconduct are commonly called civil rights laws. Freedom of speech, freedom from false arrest and false imprisonment, freedom from use of excessive force by police, freedom to have necessary medical treatment while in the custody of the police are just some of the examples of civil rights people in our free society enjoy.
Check with a local FL civil rights lawyer to discuss all the details of the aftermath of your arrest.