The First Amendment guarantees the right “To Petition The Government for a Redress of Grievances“:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people ‘Peaceably to Assemble’, & to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances.”
Petition – a formal written request presented to a court or other official body.
Satisfaction – the act of satisfying a party by paying what is due to him.
Injury – any wrong or damage done to another, either in his person, rights, reputation, or property.
redress of grievances:
1. A matter of constitutional right of assembly and petition. The demand, made by people in assembly, of the legislative body to obtain a change in the laws, the enactment of new laws, or for anything else connected with the powers or duties of government. 16 Am. J2d Const L §§ 353 et seq. 
Beyond Mere Restitution:
For greatest success, a thought, extraordinary, well-written Petition will present a thoughtful, solution-oriented “List of Reasonable Demands” which prevents the issue from recurring (& thus adversely affecting others including future generations) while providing Relief to the Damaged Party or Parties involved. The list should be formulated in alignment with The Preamble:
Formulating a List of Reasonable Demands:
For instance, if a civilian were filming an officer, & the officer exceeded his authority & took the camcorder from the civilian, then lied about the incident in court, the Damaged Party (civilian who had their rights violated under color of law) could seek, among their “reasonable list of demands”, both restitution (monetary damages) and practical solutions, such as demanding “camcorders on officers, with access to footage by any civilian upon request”. Another “demand” could include setting a more stringent screening process for officers who are getting hired, & so on. The concept of the “list of demands” is go help your ideas that could be implemented to be addressed in order to prevent other civilians from being damaged in the future. Every rights violation is an opportunity to cause reform within the system, to take bad laws off the books, & to collect restitution for damages, & reimbursement for the time it took you to “build the case & thus serve the country”.
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: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949). Edited by William S. Anderson. © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931
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