two local cops surprised me one night by hiding in my yard til i got home around 10:30 pm one night, they had no warrant, they were a quarter mile behind a locked gate on private property, they busted my truck window with a shovel right beside my face, threw me on the ground one time and broke my knee cap, made a real mess of my truck while looking for something, but found nothing and accidentally broke the screen on my laptop thaat was in the passenger seat in the process. They charged me with resisting an officer cause i wouldnt unlock the truck doors while i was asking who they were and where is a warrant. I am not on probation so they had no right being where they were. I had to fix everything they broke and i am now stuck with doctor bills and i really cant afford a lawyer. I found out a couple days later that the sheriff dropped the two officers off that night to wait on me so talking to him is pointless. WHAT SHOULD I DO? Whatever action i take needs to be above the heads of "the highest power" in catahoula parish to do any good.
State/Country relating to question: Louisiana
I asked everyone in the courthouse where the internal affairs division was, no one seemed to no, they just said that i could prolly go talk to the sheriff, i tried that the very next morning after the incident took place. I have mine and his conversation recorded with me asking him where the warrant is and all he has to say is "i dont no, i didnt get any details"
My opinion is that they violated your federal civil rights and you have a case under Title 42 US Code § 1983, seehttp://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/42/1983in addition to claims for assault, battery, false imprisonment, trespassing and damaging your property.You can get a free consultation from some of the civil rights attorneys listed by location athttp://lawyers.findlaw.com/lawyer/practicestate/Civil-Rights/LouisianaSuccessful plaintiffs in these cases are routinely awarded attorney fees, so you should be able to get an attorney to take the case without asking for a lot of money in advance.I hope this information is helpful.
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).