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, March 27, 2015
A federal grand jury indicted a city of Madison, Alabama, police officer for using unreasonable force against a man he was attempting to question in February 2015.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Defendant Used Violent Assaults and Physical Restraints to Compel Young Women to Engage in Prostitution for the Defendant's Profit
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.