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Nothing you set forth in your facts will support a civil lawsuit other than the racial slurs. There was a case a number of years ago in which the Supreme Court stated a police officer can take a person to jail for any offense for which they can issue a citation.
Whether the music was to loud is a judgment call and therefore the police officer can't be used for that.
The failure to read someone their rights doesn't make the arrest illegal, it just makes anything they say after that point inadmissible in court.
The racial slurs, however, indicate at least some of the action was taken due to your nationality or race and that is actionable although hard to prove unless you have witnesses. If you do have witnesses then you will want to contact a local lawyer who does civil rights work and have them began gathering evidence on the case, including interviewing and taking statements from the witnesses, so that nothing gets lost.
At that point the issue then becomes how much a court will award in damages and there is no way anyone an answer that since this case is going to be based primarily on intangible damages such as embarrassment.
It's legal to arrest you for the music but if they never arrest anyone else for that violation then, conceivably, it could be construed as a racial issue. However, if they are going to issue you a citation and you refuse to provide ID they can also arrest you for that.
If you have a local civil rights lawyer look into it and write a letter to the police, possibly even filing a complaint, then it would make it less likely that officer would harass you in the future.
I think that's unusual. While it is legal, based on that Supreme Court case I mentioned earlier, you rarely see that happen. If your civil rights lawyer were to do additional investigation and find that you were the only one who had even actually been arrested and taken to jail for that violation, combined with the racial remarks, plus anything else they find there is a chance there is a civil rights case. However, it would require more evidence than you have right now and the only way to get that evidence is to hire a lawyer and let them work on it.
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