The Fourth Amendment Alliance, Inc.

"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."

- US Constitution, 4th Amendment

 

Civil rights violations are most frequently violations of the Fourth Amendment. "4A"

There are too many videos that show the rights of citizens being violated by police officers that are disturbing to good American citizens. Everyone knows something is wrong.

Each year about 10 million+ American citizens are arrested yet less than 5% of those cases actually go to trial. Arrest imposes lost money and time upon those who have to hire an attorney, attend to court schedules, etc. The vast majority of charges are either dropped or dismissed, which means society must question the "reasonableness" of the civil rights violations in the arrests.

Each year about 1,000+ American citizens die at the hands of police officers. That means about 3 citizens lose their lives each day, and you may know some of the names. Far too many others are injured and/or otherwise have their lives damaged during interactions with police officers.

Tragically, officers are almost never found liable for the damages they inflict on the lives of Americans and their families. The motivations and circumstances can be debated, but what is abundantly clear is that Constitutional civil rights were violated.

"Violations are violations (of civil rights)...and violations deserve restitution."

   - Justice John Marshall re: Little v Barreme, 1803

 

Respect for civil rights.   Truth.   Justice.   Reasonable expectations.

All Americans support the rule of law. Everyone wants a police officer to respond when there is a threat to their, "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness". Observe that all law begins with the Constitution, and it protects all Americans with civil rights.

 

The Fourth Amendment Alliance, "4A" is an educational alliance, dedicated to promotion and protection of the civil rights of citizens, particularly those rights written into the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution. We have fought the battles for civil rights, all the way to the Supreme Court.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons...shall not be violated..."

"The right of the people to be secure...against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated..."

Our objective is to ensure that citizens know their civil rights, know how to recognize when civil rights are violated, and know how to seek restitution if something improper happens. No other citizens should suffer the damages we know so well.

You will find on these pages guidance, to help you if a civil rights violation has happened to you or someone you know. You will also find our plan to restore civil rights, which centers on restoring honesty about civil rights violations and liability in our courts. This can only happen if we enhance the professionalism of law enforcement in order to apply an "ounce of prevention" to reduce the number and severity of civil rights violations on the streets...and if proper and modern financial protections are in place.

Legislatures must act - to require expanded civil rights training and require indemnity coverage to protect officers and citizens. The Supreme Court must act - to affirm Constitutional civil rights, but can only do so once financial protections are in place. That is why we have issued the Supreme Court Challenge.

Let us apply smart solutions to create a better future. Real change. True justice. A better society founded upon the US Constitution.

You can participate. Do two things today:

[1] Sign up and JOIN us in the effort.

[2] Share the 4th Amendment with friends and family, so more Americans know their civil rights. Send a link to our site, if that is easier.

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

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

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