of Constitutional Rights – A
nA federal statute passed after the Civil War, codified at 42 U.S.C.A. § 1983, creates a cause of action for an intentional tort committed under color of authority of law which deprive a person of federal constitutional rights or rights under federal laws.
nThe basic purpose of the
law is to deter state actors from
using their authority to deprive individuals
of their federally guaranteed rights.