42 U.S.C. § 1983 allows any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to sue any person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, deprives such person any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws of the United States or the state of Georgia.
Typically, a § 1983 claim arises under the 4th or 8th Amendments to the United States Constitution as a result of law enforcement conduct. This can take the form of police brutality, including death, both inside and outside of jail or prison, denial of medical treatment or humane living conditions inside a jail or prison and failing to protect inmates from violence at the hands of other inmates, among other scenarios.
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