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.
Our cases often involve incidents
that are invariably of intense public interest. While some violations may most
appropriately be pursued by the federal Government, others can be addressed by
either the federal Government or by state or local prosecutors. Our ultimate
goal is to ensure that acts constituting federal criminal civil rights
violations are sufficiently remedied, whether prosecuted federally or by
If you wish to provide information or comment concerning the federal investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin or related to the Sanford (Florida) Police Department, you can send a message to: Sanford.Florida@usdoj.gov.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Sex Trafficking Scheme Used Threats, Violence and Coercion to Compel Women into Prostitution in New Orleans and Elsewhere
Friday, April 17, 2015
Former Puerto Rico Police Officer Miguel Negron Vazquez was sentenced to serve 12 months and one day in prison.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A federal grand jury in West Palm Beach, Florida, returned a two-count indictment charging Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy William D. Wheeler, 46, with unlawfully assaulting a man at the Palm Beach County Detention Center on Oct. 9, 2013, and filing a false report on the incident.