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Police Harassment Questions

The police are supposed to make us feel safe and protected. However, many times we find ourselves on the other end of the law and at the receiving end of police harassment. Harassment by the police is difficult to prove, but there are police harassment laws in place to protect you. Lack of clarity about what is considered police harassment and the best legal course of action available to the harassed often result in legal questions that many of us do not have answers to. Below are the top 5 police harassment questions answered by the Lawyers on JustAnswer.

What is the most effective way to voice a police harassment issue?

If and when you feel harassed by the police, filing police harassment complaint may prove fruitless if you do not know the steps to take. The very first thing you should always do is file a harassment complaint against the police officer you feel harassed by, at the police station in the jurisdiction where the police officer is employed. If that doesn’t end the harassment, filing a complaint within the Internal Affairs Bureau is often the best route to take. However, before filing a complaint within the Internal Affairs Bureau, you must note and keep a journal containing every detail of every instance that you feel harassment by the police.

If a police harassment charge filed with the Chief of Police gets no action, what can be done?

If you feel as if you are being ignored even after filing a complaint against police harassment, or feel singled out by the police officer for harassment, you have other options. After sending a certified letter to the chief of police stating your cause, if there is no action taken, you can file a complaint with the State Attorney General’s office or the District Attorney in the county you live in. One other option is to file a Federal Complaint if you feel that your civil rights have been violated by the police. In this case you should speak to a local civil litigation attorney to handle the police harassment case. However, if you have specific questions about your situation that you need clarity on before taking legal action, you can get answers from the Lawyers on JustAnswer.

Are police allowed to break down your door and enter your house every time they have an approval from a judge or is this a form of police harassment?

If a judge has issued a search warrant, the police has the right to enter your house and search the premises within the provisions of the search warrant. As such, as long as there is a valid court order allowing a search by the police, it is not considered police harassment. However, the police can only search the premises within the provisions of the search warrant and normally do not have the right to cause avoidable damage to the property. Depending on the situation, and especially if the police comes up empty-handed after the search, you may be able to file a complaint with the police agency, and/ or the State Attorney General’s office if you feel the police are misusing the provisions of the search warrant and causing harassment. In extreme cases, you may need to speak to an attorney to take legal action against police harassment. Lawyers on JustAnswer can help answer more questions regarding police harassment laws.

Can the police tow a car when a search yields nothing by claiming the person is acting suspicious, or is this police harassment?

The police have a right to tow the car on the account of probably cause of suspicion. However, if they find nothing after a search of the car, this could be an issue of unreasonable search and seizure and can be a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights. In such a situation, you may need to hire a lawyer to file a complaint against the police department for abuse of authority and police harassment. Under normal circumstances, if a search of the car results in nothing, and no tickets are issued, you should not have your vehicle towed. Your lawyer may be able to sue for not only police harassment, but as well as towing fines and punitive damages. Make sure you hire an attorney that knows the police harassment laws, but first make sure that your specific situation gives you valid grounds for claiming police harassment. Lawyers on JustAnswer can answer questions about your situation, quickly and affordably.

Can a police officer issue a ticket outside his jurisdiction and falsify the address and location where a car was pulled over?

If you can prove your exact location when you were pulled up and issued a ticket, and if you are certain that the location is outside the jurisdiction of the police officer, the first thing you should do is contact the police station where that officer is from and complain to the sergeant. Let the sergeant know that his officer was outside his jurisdiction and explain what happened. Provide the sergeant with proof of where you were at that time. Depending on your situation, you may have grounds for discrimination, police harassment, unlawful police abuse and possible profiling. If you can appear in person, try to get a written copy that the ticket was invalid and removed. You may also consider contacting a police harassment lawyer.

Many police harassment cases do not get addressed because most people are ignorant of their legal rights and the limitations of a police officer’s authority. In many questions, not knowing what legal recourse you may have can result in questions like these and more. There are verified Lawyers on JustAnswer that you can take these and other harassment related questions to. Knowing your rights is the first step in protecting them against harassment.

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Recent Police Harassment Questions

  • I am trying to determine where the line is drawn for what is

    I am trying to determine where the line is drawn for what is considered police harassment or violation of civil rights and what actions could possibly be taken. The police officers in my city have repeatedly been following and issuing tickets to my son, of the most ridiculous variety, almost once a week now. And they have told him, in person, they are following him. He feels singled out and I do not disagree with this. They have been issuing anything from "too wide of a turn" to "the 'dome' on the license plate light is missing". They also have no empathy towards the severe mood disorder my son has, and have made snide and nasty remarks about his hospitalization being "due to drug abuse" without knowing any specifics. They are now jeopardizing his mental health and making me personally afraid for even allowing my son out of the house, for fear of what they will "pull him over" for this time.
  • I have an issue with the police harassment that involves a

    I have an issue with the police harassment that involves a woman that I worked with for about 2 yrs. I am married, but we became very good friends and I sent her emails hinting how I am feeling towards her. She said nothing to me after several attempts emailing her and hinting more that I am falling for you. No comment again even as we work close together until this one day where everything was clicking together I told that this is the happiest day of my life. She then tells that she has a boyfriend and we have been together for 6 months, she never said a word and her boyfriend was a recent co-worker. To shorten up the story I text ed her and told her how I felt to end the torment I was going through. She text me back saying "stop this ridiculous behavior and stop texting me". I replied "sorry for my behavior, I was getting mix signals from you, No contact, have a good life" I broke off all contact with her. Four months went by and now I had time to think about it and I had questions to ask. So I text her twice asking the question why you would do that to me, lead me on and not tell me about your boyfriend until it was to late and you new that. Next thing I get is a voice mail from the police to have no contact with her it is unwanted by this woman. And this officer left his business card in my front door that night. I sent another text to explaining that I have not harass her and wrote the law. The same Police officer again calls and leaves another voice mail to have no contact with her and call him with any questions. I sent two more text 16 days apart and this time I had a 2 voice messages, one on my home phone and my cell phone from a police detect telling that I am harassing her and to stop all phone calls and text messages to her. Later that night two patrol office come to my residence to tell me that I am harassing this woman, stop texting and calling her. Not once did I call her or wrote nothing that was threatening her life or safety, and security. She is also lives in another suburban city or different jurisdiction than me and is the neighbor hood watch contact in that city.
    I feel that I was harassed by the police and my privacy was violated. My wife is now involved and not happy, this was suppose to be a personal and private matter between us, but the woman I worked with never talked to me, not once throughout this fiasco. In stead she used the police to take care of the problem she created and didn't step up to the plate and explain to me why she would do that to me? What can I do?
  • I was pulled over on new years while driving home because my

    I was pulled over on new years while driving home because my license plate light was out. After the officer ran my name and found out i am on probation he said he wanted to search me and my car, no big deal I know im clean and sober and not carrying anything i shouldn't. after he searched me he put me in his car to search mine and once again i wasn't worried one bit. see after going to prison I've really changed my life and I no longer do anything i know will get me in trouble again. It's just not worth it. Anyway, after searching my truck and coming up with nothing he comes back to the police car and opens my door and say's "I see you have a few drug charges on your record", and i replied " yes sir but that's all in the past and I haven't been high in over 2 years." and he asked me " so your not High right now?" And i told him once again " no i haven't done anything since going to prison" he continued to do a sobriety test on me which he said I was questionable on and proceeded to tell me how he really thinks that im under the influence of meth. By this time there are two other officers there and I'm getting upset then the officer feels my wrists for pulse rate and asks me "why is your pulse so high if your not" i replied by saying " you guys are starting to piss me off cause i know im sober and will prove it, take me to the station so i can give you my blood." Now i know the only reason they were being so difficult with me is because of my past record and the fact I'm on probation. When we get to the station they draw my blood and continue to tell me how im high. I really got mad about that and started telling them they were high if I'm high and the test results will prove that. One of the officers even said to me that if i just told them i was under the influence they wouldn't give me the DUI with which I responded " no I want my blood tested and when it comes back clean your gonna look like the idiot not me", and i said "if that's all I'd like to be released or have my cell so I can go to sleep." He said "that's how your gonna be" I said "yeah i have nothing else to say to you guys". They put me in the cell and came back about five minutes later saying how they called my P.O and she put a ten day hold on me. So i spent ten days in jail for nothing, So I have a couple questions, 1) Is there anyway the officers had access to my blood after they put me in my cell? And 2) When my blood results come back clean do I have a case for false imprisonment, police harassment, police profiling, my lost wages and damage to my reputation. I'm doing the best I've done in my life and the police where I live just wanna keep me down is how i truly feel about this.
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