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Civil Rights2020-08-03T18:17:08+00:00

The Cochran Firm built its reputation on the back of its work in civil rights and police brutality cases. Our founder, Johnnie L. Cochran made his name in Los Angeles in the mid 1960’s after going into private practice only weeks before the Watt’s Rebellion by representing those who had been mistreated and wronged by police. He believed in representing those wronged, no matter who they were and where they came from. As his status grew, his principles remained the same – stay humble, work fervently, and help those in need. Long after our founder’s passing, his principles live on in the Firm he built. If you have been mistreated or wronged, please call The Cochran Firm.

What are Civil Rights?

Civil rights are certain inalienable rights a U.S. citizen is born with that protect them from discrimination based on their age, sex, race, or religion. They are the rights of individuals to receive equal treatment and the equal pursuit of freedom and expression in a number of settings, including education, employment, housing, public display, and much more.

Civil rights are not only a fight for our African-American community, but a fight for every race, creed, and religion who feels discriminated against. If you feel you have ever been denied employment, refused service, or treated unfairly because of your religion, sexual identity, economic class, or the color of your skin, please, give us a call.

The Cochran Firm is here to fight for you.

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Civil Rights and the Police

The chief protectors of our civil rights are often times the ones found abusing them. Police brutality has been a disturbing trend found growing across the country – or more accurately, being exposed.

Police have an incredibly difficult job and many, if not most, treat their duties with the highest respect and treat your civil rights with that same respect. However, there are also many who will look to abuse their power. When interacting with police, know you are still entitled to your civil rights. If you feel like your rights are being threatened or you are being treated unfairly by police because of your class, race, or religion take these steps:

  • Be respectful – do not use hostile or antagonizing language
  • Calmly document – record your interaction with police and let them know that this will be turned over to your attorney
  • Remain silent if required – if you feel you are being unfairly questioned or led to incrimination, calmly inform the officer you will be happy to answer questions with an attorney present
  • Call Cochran – After any incident call us for free and we will help: 1-800-THE-FIRM

Cochran Attorneys and Civil Rights

Our attorneys continue the legacy our founder, Johnnie Cochran left behind. Many are pillars in their community and are on the front lines fighting for the civil rights of our minority Americans.

We have been fighting since the 1970’s for our clients and our work has led to

  • policy reforms
  • the release of wrongfully imprisoned men after 20 years
  • the changing of state flags
  • justice for the families of loved ones lost to hate crimes

Our attorneys are in the courtroom every day fighting for the rights of Americans like you. To see the latest from our attorneys in their pursuit for equal justice see below.

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