My question involves the rights of crime victims in the state of: North Carolina.
I am unsure of exactly where to ask this question.
Note: I do not have a record of any kind. I am clean. Nor have I ever done anything to have a criminal record.
I cannot remember the exact date which this occurred, but I'm going to estimate about 1.5 years ago.
I was dating my son's mother. It is a long story, but to make it short she was/is a drug addict. I did not find out until after she was pregnant. As time went by, I found out how extensive the issue was. From learning about the addictions (multiple drugs - hydrocodone, xanax, cocaine, etc) to seeing the symptoms first hand (eyes rolled in the back of her head, slurred speech, burning holes in the carpet when she dropped cigarettes, her psychological condition etc).
This is about 1 year into the relationship. At this point she was the poster child drug addict and was to my knowledge forced into a drug rehab program and was put on methadone. A few weeks later, I found out accidentally that she was dating someone else and did not tell me.
A week afterward, she accused me of making threats. Now, I had about 30 witnesses that could have proven this to be a lie, as I was at a home, witnessing a relative pass away on his death bed. Her accusation was that I communicated these threats verbally or on the phone or through text message. I don't remember the exact details. I was never even told until months later and I'm still not a hundred percent sure.
Here is the issue. Immediately, I was arrested and placed in jail for 3 days (2 nights) for the weekend. As is usual, my clothes were taken and so were my glasses. I was dressed in a robe that exposed my backside and placed in a cell with no bed and nothing but a toilet. There was a camera in the room. At this point, I wasn't even made aware of what the accusations were or the reasons that I was there. Only very vague descriptions. All I could think is that I did something wrong, but I couldn't figure out what it was. While in jail, they were made aware immediately that I was on medication and were given the medication. They were told that I must take one pill each day or that I can die. At no point was I given the medication.
The entire time there I was forced to sleep, naked with nothing but a robe on a concrete floor, using a toilet paper roll as a pillow (best comfort I could come up with). This is extremely painful after several hours. After about 1/2 day I began to get sick and was puking. I waved my hands to the camera for around one hour to get help, but no one came. At no point was I let out of the cell to stretch or get fresh air in the yard or do anything at all, but sit in a cell by myself on a concrete floor.
The question is, can I sue the city for this?
The way I see it, it is cruel and unusual punishment. The three days were extremely painful for me. You can't imagine until you can do nothing for 3 days but stand, sit on a hard floor or lay on a hard floor to try and sleep. They neglected to give me my medication. They never let me out to breathe and it basically amounted to "being in the hole".
After this I was in court for 7 months. The case was continuously continued. At no point was I allowed to see my son until it was over. And 1 or 2 months into the court dates, my ex showed up court seriously intoxicated on narcotics (every DA, lawyer and the judge included noticed this and whispered it). They judge did not care whatsoever and pretended not to know. My lawyer saw this when we were up speaking to the judge and I mentioned to him "What should we do about this?" and he said not to do anything.
Eventually the case was dropped, so I was basically tortured and then strung along for 7 months, simply because the plaintiff was female. The reason I say this is a fact, is because at one point I had to go to the court house to press charges for threats made by an individual and while I was allowed to do so, I was told that it would be ignored and no arrest would be made since the threat was made "over the phone". Yet, she was allowed to do that very thing and I was punished immensely for nothing but an accusation.