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I am so sorry to hear that this happened to you.
Where do you live?
Was this the OPP?
You can file a complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director. There is no cost to doing this and there is an external body that has no bias.
You can also sue but suing will take years and if you sue and lose you will get stuck with a good part of their legal costs which could be catastrophic for you.
Also, it is very difficult to sue the police and win and they can make your life miserable especially because you are living in a smaller town.
Does that help as a starting point?
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The police need a reasonable belief that you committed an offence. I am not saying that at the end of the day you might not win in court. It is possible that you will win, but in the majority of cases the police do succeed because our society and so the legal system and the judges want the police to be able to charge when they believe they have reasonable grounds for so doing without being worried about being sued personally.
I understand how you feel, which is why I am advising you to file a complaint. The people that hire the complaint are members of the community and not members of the police.
Do you see why I am suggesting that?
But did you complaint to the independent body that I am suggesting or through the local police?
Through the body that I suggested?
I am not disputing that at all. I have no doubt that you are completely correct. But I am a senior lawyer and while you are not my client I am trying to ensure that you do not get hurt further and so my suggestion of going to the independent body for a complaint is the best option I believe you have. But, you asked if you can sue and the straight forward answer is yes, you can sue the police.
You feel so strongly about it then go ahead.
Do you need any more help from me at this point?