Civil Rights Violations

The Federal government’s Civil Rights Division (CRT) conducts the litigation of cases to secure equal opportunity in the areas of employment, education, housing, voting, public accommodations and facilities, and federally assisted programs. CRT is also responsible for enforcing the antidiscrimination provision of the Immigration Reform and Control Act through the investigation and prosecution of charges filed on the basis of citizenship status or national origin.

It also prosecutes criminal violations.  The Criminal Section prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with liberties and rights defined in the Constitution or federal law. The rights of both citizens and non-citizens are protected. In general, it is the use of force, threats, or intimidation that characterize a federal criminal violation of an individual’s civil rights and may include conduct such as  Excessive force or other Constitutional violations by persons acting as law enforcement officials or public officials;  Force or threats to interfere with the exercise of religious beliefs and destruction, defacing, or damage of religious property; or, Force or threats to interfere with the right to vote based on race, color, national origin, or religion.

Representative Case

United States District Court, Middle District of Florida – Trombley & Hanes represented a highly decorated deputy sheriff with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office investigated by the Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida for allegedly using excessive force during arrests. The deputy was accused along with other deputies of overly aggressive police tactics.