This happened in Kansas City Missouri.
I went to the check out line. Paid for my purchases and then headed for the door.
A store clerk asked to see my receipt. I said, "No thank you. I paid for these items at that check out line there *pointed* and am not under suspicious by loss prevention control but I don't feel it necessary to show you for my receipt."
He then grabbed me by the wrist and other hand on the basket and jerked me back inside.
I said, "are you aware that this is unlawful detainment and if you don't release me immediately I'm going to call the police and press charges."
He said, "Stay the **** right here."
I then repeated the conversation with the Store manager and warned her that 4 other cases had already succeeded against Walmart for this same exact situation and that store associates are supposed to be trained specifically to not try and physically detain people - if she did not resolve this very quickly then I would hold the store responsible and pursue it in court.
Finally the officer arrived. I showed him the receipt and my ID. I explained to him that after being deployed to Iraq four times it shouldn't be too much to ask for people to keep in mind our very basic civil liberties.
Now I've never gone to court before so do you have any advice on what kind of lawyer I should find?
I looked in the phone book under "criminal law attorneys" but I wonder how should I decide who to go for and is there any kind of preparations I should be making right away?