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.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Darren Douglass-Griffin, Kerry Bolden, Emmett McKenzie and Kadarius Thomas were sentenced for federal offenses related to the beating of MSP inmates in 2010 and the cover-up that followed.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Colin Boone was convicted on the charge of deprivation of rights under color of law for assaulting a civilian during the course of an arrest on Feb. 19, 2013.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Raymond A. Barnes and Christopher A. Brown were sentenced in federal court on multiple counts of civil rights offenses related to allegations of excessive force on inmates at MCJ on or between August 2009 and May 2011.