28 U.S.C. § 1343 : US Code - Section 1343: Civil rights and elective franchise

Search 28 U.S.C. § 1343 : US Code - Section 1343: Civil rights and elective franchise

      (a) The district courts shall have original jurisdiction of any
    civil action authorized by law to be commenced by any person:
        (1) To recover damages for injury to his person or property, or
      because of the deprivation of any right or privilege of a citizen
      of the United States, by any act done in furtherance of any
      conspiracy mentioned in section 1985 of Title 42;
        (2) To recover damages from any person who fails to prevent or
      to aid in preventing any wrongs mentioned in section 1985 of
      Title 42 which he had knowledge were about to occur and power to
      prevent;
        (3) To redress the deprivation, under color of any State law,
      statute, ordinance, regulation, custom or usage, of any right,
      privilege or immunity secured by the Constitution of the United
      States or by any Act of Congress providing for equal rights of
      citizens or of all persons within the jurisdiction of the United
      States;
        (4) To recover damages or to secure equitable or other relief
      under any Act of Congress providing for the protection of civil
      rights, including the right to vote.

      (b) For purposes of this section - 
        (1) the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a State;
      and
        (2) any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District
      of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District
      of Columbia.