can i sue a city because a city official/ firefighter has harassed me by making me move on on a public ground?
Country relating to Question: United States
Can you provide a few facts to put this into context?
I was at a fireworks display over the fourth of July. My family was with me. Everyone parks around the baseball field to watch the display. My family sat in between a couple vehicles to view the fireworks. The family who owned the vehicles at the time were not present when we sat at the spot for 45 minutes. When they returned the family were muttering under their breath about how they parked there and that someone took their spot. The family was related to a firefighter who was one of the people responsible for the fireworks. They called the firefighter who came over and started telling me that I had to move. I told him that this was public land and that we did not have to move. He started to harass me by saying I was real cool and other insulting things. We did have an argument and I finally left.
You could theoretically sue him and the city but it would be a civil rights violation and it would cost you a lot more than you could recover. The city would almost certainly be let out of the lawsuit early because it wasn't done in the course and scope of his duties. You could also sue him individually for harassment.If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to ask but please do so my clicking on the Reply to Expert tab.We work for Positive Ratings, please click on one of the top three ratings or one of the Smile Faces, as this would be appreciated. We have recently implemented a new rating and feedback system. Please be aware that you are rating my courtesy and service as a professional, and not necessarily whether you like the information that you are receiving. Please bear in mind I can’t control what the law is and whether it helps you, I can only tell you what it says, and I assume you want truthful information.PLEASE DO NOT use the rating system to ask for more information or in an attempt to tell the website that you didn’t like the substance of the answer as it gives a NEGATIVE rating to me personally if your rating is one of the lower two.I believe in giving information that is to the point, but please remember that I can only base our answers on the information you provide and sometimes a misunderstanding as to what you are looking for or already know occurs so feel free to ask additional questions or for clarifications. Be very careful about looking at other internet sites that just post generic information without any inquiry into your facts because often those answers are dated, wrong, or wrong as applied to your facts. Please be aware that my answer is not legal advice, it is merely information. You should always contact a local attorney for legal advice.Several customers have asked how they direct a question to me in particular. If you specifically want me to provide information for you just put “FOR JD 1992” in the subject line and I will pick up the next time I am online.
Began practicing law in 1992
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).