My question involves police conduct in the State of: Ohio
I was involved in verbal altercation with my neighbor over the telephone, who later phoned the Sheriffs Dept. An officer was dispatched to his home, and took his statement. The officer came to my house, and questioned me about the issue, asked for my name, dob, and social. After explaining the story, the deputy warned both parties to cease communication, and the matter seemed to be solved.
Approximately 4 hours later, I awoke to find two sheriff deputy cruisers outside my house. When I opened my front door, they were questioning my other neighbor who lives directly across the street who just so happens to be a retired k-9 unit sheriff deputy. While standing behind a locked storm door, the backup officer stated ''You have till the count of 3 to get outside...''. I then attempted to shut my main door, the backup officer then forced entry into my locked door by ripping the handle off. The officer then shoved me to the floor, put his knee in my neck and cuffed me. While on the floor I look up to see my fiance and two children, 5 and 7 at the time. He then placed me in the back of the initial officers vehicle.
I later asked, ''Why am I going to jail?''. The officer responded, ''You gave me false information.''. I did not give any false information, I have nothing to hide, and no warrants. I racked my brain trying to figure out what she was talking about. After she told me what name she thought I gave, a light bulb went off! When giving my name, I stated my first name, middle initial, and last name. The Officer combined the middle initial and last name, so it sounded like I gave her only, First name, and last name. So it had sounded like I'd given a false last name. Example(not my real name), Mike Acobson + Mike J Acobson = Mike Jacobson. After explaining to the officer what had occurred, she then looked deflated, and apologized. I asked her if I could go back inside my house and forget the whole thing ever happened. She then stated that since the officer she called in for backup forced entry and put his hands on me, I had to go to jail and be processed. The officer also promised me, that if i did plead not guilty, they would NOT show up for court, and it would be dismissed. I was charged with Obstruction of Official Police Business M2.
Upon my release from jail, I acquired hand written statements from my fiance, and my neighbor. I also acquired a copy of the discovery to find out the police not only stated that I gave a false last name, but also a social security number that had a 4 and a 9 switched around. I pleaded Not Guilty, to the charge, and it was finally dismissed after the officer actually showed up. I do not know exactly what the officer said to the prosecutor, but whatever it was, she FINALLY let the case go after months.
My fiances statement includes the officers asked her my social security number, after she gave them my social, the officer stated ''That's the same one he gave us. Why would he lie about his name?''. I feel, to cover their own actions, they knowingly lied in the reports, saying I also gave a false social. In the discovery file, they have two different false social security numbers, it it almost like they couldn't get the lie straight. I did not give a false social, the officer wrote my info down on the side of her hand in ink, and it bled! My neighbor the retired sheriff who seen the events unfold, called the head of the sheriffs department and gave him a piece of his mind, and said he would be more than willing to testify.
Do I have a case? What exactly would I sue for, False arrest, B&E, assult? You cannot put a price on the potential damage its done to my family.