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.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Joseph Arigo was sentenced in federal court to 15 months in prison and three years probation for beating a handcuffed man inside the Fulton police station.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Department of Justice announced that Judge Amy Totenberg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia sentenced two defendants for their roles in compelling three young women to prostitute in the Atlanta, Georgia., area.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Former Police of Puerto Rico Officer Angel Torres Quinones was sentenced to serve 46 months in prison for obstructing the civil rights investigation into the fatal beating of Jose Luis Irizarry Perez.