Civil Rights Complaint Form

Please fill out and submit this form:

  • If you believe your civil rights have been violated and would like this Office to investigate your claim or file a lawsuit on your behalf
  • To report a hate crime
  • To report incidents of police misconduct or excessive use of force by police

An asterisk (*) below denotes a required field.

Your Information
Name
Address
Person/entity you are filing complaint about (if known)
Address

Nature of the alleged violation

Please check specific area(s) that apply to your complaint

Please clearly describe the violation(s) you allege

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10 MB limit.
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Are you represented by an attorney in this matter?

Please provide the name, address, and phone number of your attorney

Address
Have you filed a lawsuit concerning this matter?

Please provide the case name, docket number, court in which the case was brought, and the status of the case

Have you filed a complaint about this matter with any other federal, state, or government agency?

Please list the agency, contact person, phone number, and status of the complaint

Thank you for submitting this form. Our Office will carefully consider the information you have provided to determine whether a violation of the state civil rights laws, a hate crime, or police misconduct or excessive force may have occurred and, if so, whether this Office or another agency has enforcement authority to assist you.

Please check the boxes and sign below to certify that you have read and understand the following:

  • If you believe a crime has been committed, contact the Rhode Island State Police or your local police department immediately. Filing this complaint does NOT constitute a criminal complaint. To file a criminal complaint, you MUST contact the Rhode Island State Police or your local police department.
  • The Rhode Island Attorney General’s office cannot provide independent legal advice or individual representation. The Attorney General’s Office has limited civil rights enforcement authority, as described at the top of this form. In some cases, hiring a private attorney may be necessary to pursue your legal claim. The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office can only provide referrals to the private bar through the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service.

SUBMITTING A COMPLAINT TO THIS OFFICE HAS NO EFFECT ON ANY STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS THAT MIGHT APPLY TO ANY CLAIM YOU MAY HAVE. BY SUBMITTING THIS COMPLAINT YOU HAVE NOT COMMENCED A LAWSUIT OR OTHER LEGAL PROCEEDING, AND THIS OFFICE HAS NOT INITIATED A SUIT OR PROCEEDING ON YOUR BEHALF.

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