Thank you for your follow-up.
Unfortunately what you are telling me does not sound crazy it at all. You are definitely not the first to get a possible issue with an "officer of the law" who attempt to abuse his or her position against someone else, regardless of the original reasons. Here are some of your options:
First of all, I do not see a personal cause of action against him, at least not one that would probably stick. Since he technically caused you no injury (child was not taken away), at best you can claim harassment and defamation of character. Problem is that both are literally a "he said/she said" issue meaning that unless you get witnesses who can swear that this officer was threatening
you or promising to make things difficult for you, I do not see it stick. It is possible, but highly unlikely.
Second, you should consider contacting the captain of the precinct for a confidential meeting. Consider explaining the situation and requesting assistance. If that fails, then you should consider retaining a civil litigation attorney who has experience with suing police departments (reason you want to sue them if it comes down to it is because he was harassing you while conducting official business, making the whole police dept liable, and also because they have deeper pockets for a payout than he does personally). To find such an attorney go to www.avvo.com, www.martindale.com and browse their listings, or contact your county bar association. You should also consider contacting either a local internal affairs office if the police dept is big enough or the mayor's office for an investigation, as well as contacting the Mass Attorney General's office for a formal inquest into the police department.
Edited by Dimitry Alexander Kaplun on 2/1/2011 at 9:47 AM EST