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Can we sue the deputy and county?

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missouri

Junior Member
What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state?
Missouri
Here is my question. Do we have grounds to sue the deputy and county? For what... police misconduct? assault on a juvenile? maliscious prosecution? violation of civil rights?
In short: My 16 yr old and his 2 friends made several written complaints of harrassment against a particular cop in (particular city), MO because he stopped them without reason many times, cussed at them, made them leave public property without cause while allowing other people to stay there. The written complaints were ignored. My 16 yr old walked into the County sheriff's dept (in same city)to ask a question. He was cussed and told to leave. A deputy called him a dumb f##ker. My son called him a crooked cop. The deputy took my son into the bathroom and said "I'll show you a crooked cop". Another deputy and the officer the complaints were written about were in the bathroom, too. The deputy hit my son in the stomach and held him against the wall with his fist. He put a mace can in my son's mouth and made my juvenile son call him sir. Then the deputy sat my 16 yr old son in the hall of the County sheriff's dept (pushing him into the chair causing my son to hit his head on the wall) and several times pointed the mace can at my son asking "what's my name?" and making my son call him sir in front of everyone. Then he let my son leave. Now there are some trumped up charges against my son and the officer that was in the bathroom (and is also the same one who the complaints have been written about) has given a statement against my son concerning the crime. His wife did too and their statements don't match. The charges are disproportionate to the alleged act. When an officer sees my son he pulls over the car. My son has been in trouble only once before. At age 13 he broke a window in a car at a scrap yard. We have a public defender for the alleged act and he told us he thinks we have a case against the deputy and county on the incident I described to you. As part of our suit we want reform and a community committee set up to police the police. The county is abusing authority. They posted a $15,000.00 cash only bond for someone accused of cutting a tire. That's just one example of many. Do we have a case? How do we proceed?
 


You would have to prove that the police are doing this to your son. They will just say he was causing trouble. Get proof then get a lawyer and sue them.
 
We have a public defender for the alleged act

You do not face reality very well, alleged act.

I have no idea if your son was telling the truth or not but he should have saying yes sir and no sir to an officer of the law to begin with. It is called respect. Something tells me that the truth is probably somewhere between what your son says and the actual reality. If he was abused by officers that is wrong and where is your PROOF?
 

missouri

Junior Member
my response

You are correct, my son was disrespectful. But since when does being disrespectful take you out from under the protection of the law or void your civil rights? Is taking someone into the bathroom and assaulting them wrong if the person was respectful and right if he was disrespectful? There were other people in the department that day. They heard what happened in the bathroom and saw what happened in the hall. It is hard for me to teach him to respect law officers when they are constantly cussing and acting unprofessional around him. But that is not the issue. The issue is misuse of authority and assault and civil rights.
 

Maxthedog

Member
Your son should have gone to the emergency room immediately after this altercation. Pictures of his injuries and detailed descriptions of the events should have been written down. Have your son also set up a hidden camcorder in his car and when he is pulled over, turn it on to record the incidents. Slowly and meticulously build your case. Once you think you have a solid case, take it to a lawyer and sue the crap out of the department and then each of the officers individually.
 

dontjudgesofast

Junior Member
These people may help

missouri said:
You are correct, my son was disrespectful. But since when does being disrespectful take you out from under the protection of the law or void your civil rights? Is taking someone into the bathroom and assaulting them wrong if the person was respectful and right if he was disrespectful? There were other people in the department that day. They heard what happened in the bathroom and saw what happened in the hall. It is hard for me to teach him to respect law officers when they are constantly cussing and acting unprofessional around him. But that is not the issue. The issue is misuse of authority and assault and civil rights.


Missouri,
Here is a website that might be able to help you with your problem, www.policeabuse.org
 

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