Civil Rights

Fighting for Civil Rights: Support From A Michigan Discrimination Lawyer  


Civil Rights Attorney in Royal Oak Michigan  - civil_rightsThe police have a responsibility to treat all citizens equally, regardless of race, ethnicity, or any other factor. While most officers uphold this responsibility diligently, there are some who inevitably violate the rights of countless citizens while undermining the legitimacy of the policing system. Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers is committed to keeping law enforcement fair, effective, and trustworthy. By holding officers accountable in unlawful arrest, detention, and other violation cases, we send a message that discriminatory behaviors will not be tolerated.

Michigan False Arrest Attorney Protects Your Rights

Having won dozens of jury trials and more than $150 million for our clients, we are well-known and respected as one of the leading civil rights firms in Michigan. Civil rights law is our specialty and we represent individual clients, as well as groups (in class actions) of people whose rights have been violated.

The U.S. Constitution guarantees every American citizen certain civil rights and personal liberties. However, defending the civil rights of an individual or a group in court can be very complicated and challenging. Our attorneys are proven experts in this area and have many decades of experience in successfully advocating for the civil rights of their clients.

Examples of Wrongful or Unlawful Arrest- Do You Have a Case?

When accusing a police officer of unlawful arrest, it is necessary to demonstrate that they overstepped their authority in one of the following ways:

  • Arrest Without Cause- One of the most common claims in false arrest cases is that the officer violated your Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against unreasonable search and seizure. To arrest you, an officer must either have a warrant or have witnessed you committing a misdemeanor or felony crime. If we can prove that an officer did not have good reason to think you had committed a crime, that officer is guilty of arresting you without probable cause.
  • Excessive Force- If a police officer seriously injured you during the arrest, they are guilty of using excessive force. This charge does not depend on their intention for arresting you. Even if they had good reason to arrest you, they are not justified in using any amount of force to do so.

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers has a clear sense of what constitutes probable cause, what amount of force is reasonable, and other key factors in unlawful arrest cases.

We Regularly Handle a Wide Range of Civil Rights Actions, Including:

  • Unlawful arrest and/or wrongful conviction
  • Law enforcement misconduct and brutality
  • Unlawful search and seizures
  • Unconstitutional prison conditions
  • Hate crimes
  • Whistleblower rights and protection
  • Freedom of speech and association violations
  • Voter discrimination and unlawful elections practices

If you believe your civil rights have been violated, we will investigate your claim and skillfully advocate or litigate to protect and preserve those rights.

Have You Been Unlawfully Detained Due to Race Discrimination?

While in theory, all Michiganders are equal under the law, in practice, police and other law enforcement officials frequently make race a factor in arresting, detaining and prosecuting citizens. Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers pays close attention to racial discrimination cases. We examine not only the specific circumstances of your detention, but also the officer’s history and past actions. If we find evidence of discrimination, we will do everything in our power to hold accountable the officer in question.


For legal support and advice on civil rights violations and all other offenses, contact Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers today.