Friday last week, My Son in law, father of my Grand children, was Arrested, along with around 13 other Young, 20-30 years old Black men in Lorain Ohio.They were all charged with being members of a Violent Gang, that according to police investigators were responsible for at least 9 Murders, Drug Trafic'ng, and other violent Crimes including Robbery, and breaking and entering etc, etc.The Mayor of Lorain, and a number of Posice investigators were shown during interviews on TV, all Northern Ohio Channels, in 3-5 minute segments, were PICTURES of each person arrested, along with their names were shown at length, which discriptions of the crimes committed were read.In addition all local Newspapers had the arrests as FRONT Page Headlines with PICTURES of all the persons arrested, including my son in law telling how the Awesome Police raid has finally captured the people responsible for at least 9 Murders, and countless other crimes including Drug Traffic'ng.On Saturday these men were given their charges along with a $500,000 bond,,,while all of a sudden Sedrick Stephens was allowed to be released and no charges what so ever were assigned.Now what I have is a Son in law Falsely Arrested and grouped in with a GANG of which we was not a member of and obviously had nothing to do with what was broad cast all over Northern Ohio on TV, and in all the newspapers, not to mention over the internet which still at this time has not changes the names to reflect that Sedrick was not part of the group.He continues to have his reputation smeared and there has been no appology or anything to rebuke his involvement.I want to bring charges against the Police department along with Lawsuits against them and the mayor and every Media outlet., TV satations and the newspapers.What can we do about this?Bruce ShaffstallXXX-XXX-XXXX
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Ohio
Nothing yet other than contacting a SuperLawyer for a meeting
Thank you for the post, I am happy to assist you by answering your questions. Is your son-in-law seeking monetary compensation?
What kind of question is that? What do you think he should do? We have a young Black male, with little resources, who has been driven off a cliff,,arrested,,,incarcerated,,,get it????,, You obviously havent been treated unfairly by anyone have you?
Put in Jail by the local Police, smeared all across Ohio by 4 TV Stations, Pictures and articles in the news papers, they have NOT removed the article with him in it on the internet,,, I can handle a REAL Atourney Fees VS what we would get by a Court Appointed one,,,and this needs not only MONETARY compensation but a lesson should be ;learned and people should be in trouble over this practice of assuming guilt and Dirty laundry all over the news with no proof.
It's OK to screw over a young Black male and others who cannot afford council and do not know their rights,,,
What do you ask such a question?
This system counts on the people not knowing their rights and I go ask someone a question and this is what you respond with?
Why did I bother asking you?
I do not think I am the expert for you, I asked what recourse he seeks because you never specified this in your question and it is impossible to offer suggestions on what he should do without knowing what he seeks to accomplish. In any event, I will opt our and open this up for other professionals. Best of luck, please do not respond to this post as it will delay others from assisting you as they may believe I am still involved in the question.
I am sorry, different expert here as your previous expert has opted out. I am presuming from your statements above that your son in law is Stephen and was the one who was released without charges after his name was released as being involved in this criminal activity and posted in the media and my answer is based on that presumption.If Stephen was arrested without probable cause and his name was released by the police to the media as being part of this gang and its activities, then he has grounds to file suit against the police department for not only False Arrest but Defamation/slander/libel for making these statements and releasing them to the media when they were known to be false or made with reckless disregard of the truth on an arrest without any probable cause. This type of case will require his local attorney to obtain copies of the police reports to determine what reasonable basis the police had to believe there was probable cause for the arrest and to determine what the specific courses of action should be in the suit against the department aside from getting a retraction issued to the media. However, one thing you need to be aware with in these types of cases is that if there was a reasonable basis for the police to have probable cause for the arrest, the mere dismissal or refusal to prosecute Stephen is not sufficient to succeed in winning a case of slander/defamation/libel and false arrest and this is the reason the police reports will need to be reviewed.
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