The Fourth Amendment Alliance, Inc.

We are concerned about the small, though highly visible, set of civil rights violations that result in deaths because any death is regrettable.

However, there is a greater need for reform of policing over a huge number of civil rights violations that involve arrests that violate the "right to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures". Time and money lost to these violations of civil rights result in festering injustice and ill will toward police and courts. Too often police officers claim "qualified immunity" for unacceptable actions, and courts fail to provide restitution when civil rights violations clearly have damaged "life liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".

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The 4th Amendment to the Constitution:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

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Respect for civil rights on our streets. Truth and justice in our courts. These are reasonable expectations.

  We can fix it easily and almost immediately, and we must.

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Civil society requires structure. And protecting "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" matters to all citizens.  Consider that we have police, courts and jails because throughout human history humans learned that civil societies require structure, and these are the best mechanisms developed to date to maintain order. Smart people know that lashing out at and/or damaging society's structures will not fix human error or eliminate bad judgment or correct court-permitted injustice. Smart people also know that civil rights violations are the result of actions by individuals who are accountable for their conduct and free will - there is nothing "systemic" or "institutional" about civil rights violations.

     As the proverb says: "Fix the problem, not the blame."

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"The Court's jurisprudence, I am concerned, sets the balance too heavily in favor of police unaccountability to the detriment of Fourth Amendment protection."  - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, concurring in DC v Wesby, 138 SC 577, 594 (2018)

We can fix it in an instant, and we must. So we have issued The Supreme Court Challenge. Legislatures must act too.

 

The Fourth Amendment Alliance, "4A", is a 501(c)(3) educational public charity, dedicated to promotion and protection of the civil rights of citizens, particularly those written into the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

On the pages of this site you can find your civil rights, excerpts from the Constitution and Federal Law that protect you. You can also look closely at some types of civil rights violations to observe what happened, and see what needs to change to prevent future violations, to fix the imperfections. We also explore how best to protect professional police officers so that all officers can do the job while respecting civil rights.

You can participate. Do at least two of these things:

[1] Sign up and JOIN in the effort.

[2] SHARE the Constitution's 4th Amendment with friends and family, and help more Americans know their civil rights. Send a link to this site, if that is easy for you.

[3] DONATE  As the old adage says, "If you can do something, do it. If you cannot, support those who can."   The amount isn't important. Just show you understand, care, and support the mission.

 

The US Constitution and the rights of citizens it established must be restored and protected if America is to persevere as an exceptional nation.

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