New York Civil Rights Lawyers


Bantle & Levy Fights for Your Civil Rights

A commitment to civil rights lies at the core of Bantle & Levy LLP’s mission. Whether combating discrimination, seeking redress for police brutality or wrongful arrest, or protecting your First Amendment rights, we will fight for your civil rights until the very end.

Our team handles the following kinds of civil rights cases:

Police Brutality & Wrongful Arrest

It’s a troubling situation when the men and women in uniform end up taking advantage of their title and commit acts of violence and abuse. Being arrested without cause, facing excessive force at the hands of law enforcement, or being prosecuted on frivolous charges are among the most traumatic experiences that anyone can endure. We are here to help.

At Bantle & Levy LLP, we will review the circumstances of your police brutality and wrongful arrest claims to ensure your rights are not only protected, but that justice is meted out against those who have wronged you.

Defamation & First Amendment

If you are engaging in constitutionally protected activities and have faced retaliation or discrimination because of it, know that you have rights and we will fight for them on your behalf. The same is true if you have been the subject of false and defamatory statements.

Quick facts about Civil Rights

Fact 1: The Civil Rights Act

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, considered one of the crowning legislative achievements of the Civil Rights Movement, ended segregation in public places and banned discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Through amendments and decisions of the United States Supreme Court, the Civil Rights Act now likewise prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

FACT 2: 42 U.S.C. SECTION 1983 (“Section 1983”)

A vestige of the Civil Rights Act of 1871 (otherwise known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, as it was designed to combat the KKK and other white supremacist organizations), Section 1983 authorizes individuals to bring suit against those acting under color of State law who have deprived them of their constitutional rights. Consequently, Section 1983 is one of the most powerful tools available for remedying police brutality and wrongful arrest.


Under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Blogs About Civil Rights

LGBT Rights

Equality Arrives for LGBTQ Employees!

In 1970, Jack Baker and his life partner, James McConnell, applied to the state of Minnesota for a marriage license.  It was the first time in U.S. history that two...

Bantle & Levy June 2020


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