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"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil rights include individual rights, privacy, and many freedoms: speech, expression, religion, the press, assembly, and movement. Political rights encompass voting, assembly, self-defense, the right to petition, freedom of association, rights of someone accused of a crime, the right to a fair trial, due process, and the right to seek redress.

For many, these violations cross over into police misconduct such as illegal search and seizure, police brutality, excessive force, and false arrest or imprisonment. They also include sexual harassment in the workplace. If your civil rights have been violated, you need an experienced attorney in Michigan with trial experience and proven results.

If your civil rights have been violated contact MUSSIN & SCANLAND, PLLC. We’re ready to fight for you.

An interracial couple has reached a settlement, the terms to remain undisclosed, in regards to their racial discrimination action filed against the Royale Orleans Condominium Association in the Wayne County Circuit Court.

The Condominium Association is located in Grosse Ile, Michigan, a predominately white community, and the Defendant condominium community mirrored the township. The client has been residing on the subject property for approximately 10 years, and in 2011, he married an African-American woman. Immediately thereafter, she was subjected to racially motivated threats by her neighbor almost daily for several months.

Complaints to the Grosse Ile Police Department and the Royale Orleans Condominium went unanswered or were ignored. Over and above, the indifference to the racially motivated death threats the condominium association levied fines against the couple on account of the alleged violations pertaining to alleged violations of the bylaws, although white residents at the property were not subjected to such fines.

The couple hired attorney Jerard M. Scanland, a young upstart but very driven attorney, to represent them against the condo association. Attorney Jerard M. Scanland contacted the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit for assistance and then proceeded with court action where he was able to obtain a favorable result. Attorney Scanland has since become a Cooperating Attorney of the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit.

Civil rights are designed to protect the physical and mental integrity and safety of people in a multitude of situations. This includes discrimination based on race, gender, skin color, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, religion, or disability. These rights are also the basis of international human rights. The purpose of civil rights is to make sure you can freely participate in everyday life and political activities. Neither government nor a private organization is allowed to infringe upon your rights.