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Does The First Amendment Protect Panhandling?

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The First Amendment broadly protects every person’s freedom of speech. This is not limited to political speech. It also protects speech purely designed to advance one’s own interests–even when that may annoy or inconvenience others. Florida Appeals Court Finds Fort Myers Panhandling Ban Unconstitutional For example, courts have consistently held that asking for money… Read More »


Supreme Court Unanimously Holds Police Cannot Search Private Homes Under “Community Caretaking” Exception

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Police often provide “community caretaking” functions that are not necessarily related to law enforcement. For example, police often respond to calls to assist a person who may be missing or otherwise in distress. As a general rule, a police officer does not require any sort of warrant to perform these caretaking functions. At the… Read More »


Can A Police Officer Commit Me To A Mental Hospital?

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The Baker Act is a Florida law that allows a police officer to order the involuntary commitment of an adult or child for a “mental health examination,” which can last up to 72 hours. The Act was designed to help those who suffer from a genuine mental illness obtain help before they hurt themselves… Read More »


How Civil Rights Laws Also Protect Your Contractual Rights

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Civil rights laws do not just protect you from racial discrimination by the government. Many of these laws also apply to private parties as well. For example, 42 U.S.C. § 1981 is a federal statute that guarantees the equal rights of all people to “make and enforce contracts.” This means that if an act of… Read More »


Supreme Court Sides With Suspended Cheerleader Who Cursed On Snapchat

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Social media makes it possible for us to communicate with our friends, family, and even complete strangers on a continuous basis. Fortunately, we also have robust protections for freedom of speech in this country, which ensures the government cannot punish us for making critical–even vulgar–statements online. Of course, that has not always stopped certain… Read More »


Supreme Court Allows Police Shooting Victim to Proceed with Civil Rights Lawsuit

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The Fourth Amendment protects you against “unreasonable searches and seizures” by the police. This means that if the police use excessive force in the process of detaining or restraining you, that can provide the basis for a federal civil rights lawsuit against the offending officers. But the mere “application of force” by itself does… Read More »


Supreme Court to Hear Important Police Brutality Case Where Innocent Defendant Was Beaten Unconscious

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On March 30, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear what may very well turn out to be one of the most notorious police misconduct cases that the high court has ever reviewed in Brownback v. King. Six years ago, local police and the FBI, in partnership, mistook defendant James King for a wanted… Read More »

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Florida Law Eliminating Ex-Felon’s Right to Vote Due to Outstanding Fees

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In late October, a Florida judge temporarily blocked the new law that prevents ex-convicts from voting in the state until they have paid all fines fees and restitution; a law that has been called a “poll tax” by a number of civil rights advocates. According to the judge, the law could very well be… Read More »


The Time Is Now for Florida & Other States to Protect Citizens Against an Intrusion of Our Rights by Facial-Recognition Technology

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According to the number of experts, facial recognition technology – such as Amazons artificial intelligence tool “Rekognition,” which is used by a number of law-enforcement agencies – is currently the biggest threat to our privacy and civil rights. The systems identify you by matching your facial dimensions against a giant database of photos. The… Read More »


The U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear a Case That in Instrumental in Our Fourth Amendment Rights Staying Protected

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The US Supreme Court will soon hear a case that could have drastic impacts on our Fourth Amendment rights when it comes to police being able to pull people over due to reasonable suspicion. Specifically, the Court will decide whether pulling someone over if a police officer runs a car’s plates and it shows… Read More »


Florida Passes Red Flag Law Allowing Law Enforcement to Seek Weapon Seizure If Someone Is Suspected of Being A Threat

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Florida lawmakers recently passed what’s known as the “red flag law” (or Risk Protection Act) in Florida, allowing law-enforcement agencies to use their discretion in seizing firearms from someone if they believe that that individual poses a threat to themselves or others. According to the Florida Department of law-enforcement, statewide, there have been more… Read More »


Voting Rights Updates in Florida

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On June 27, the US Supreme Court blocked the citizenship question from being included in the 2020 census, easing Florida’s concerns about immigrants potentially being undercounted, which would have huge civil rights repercussions, as the census is linked to important federal resources and congressional representation. The majority opinion was based on the US Department… Read More »


How You Can Exercise Your Voting Rights with A Felony Record in Florida

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While Florida voters passed amendment 4 last year, finally restoring voting rights to ex-felons in Florida, a bill passed by lawmakers and which is expected to be signed into law by Governor DeSantis, has added a whole new layer of complications and hurdles to those individuals be obtaining the civil right to vote. Specifically,… Read More »

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Color Due to Discriminatory, Unconstitutional Legislation Introduced

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On April 8, Florida civil rights advocates issued a travel advisory for people of color and immigrants, urging them to use caution when traveling in Florida due to two proposed bills; Senate Bill 168 (“SB 168”) and House Bill 527 (“HB 527”). According to advocates, if these bills are passed into law, certain individuals… Read More »

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