My question involves a traffic citation from the state of: California
Okay. No one's gonna believe this. I sure didn't. I'm currently a pre-law student attending a Community College in Southern California. We have an on-campus police training center for students who wish to enter the law enforcement profession. I was leaving one evening at around 8:30 PM and went to make a u-turn by pulling into a handicapped spot. Literally, as SOON as I pulled into the spot, a cadet trainee at the school pulls in right behind me, trapping me in, walks up, and asks for my placard. I explain that I was trying to make a u-turn, but, he said something along the lines of "I'm not here to hear your excuses," in a rather rude tone. He removed his gloves to write (err... type? I dunno, he was using a machine) the ticket and actually threw them through the window and into my face. He failed to ask for my license or registration (which probably doesn't matter, as it's a parking ticket), and after citing me, he got on his radio and called over one of his cadet friends. He'd already given me the ticket and they both sat there laughing behind my vehicle and refused to move when I asked them if I could go.
So, here's my question: First off, is it legal use of a ticket? I had just pulled in, the car was running, I was turning my head to reverse out of the spot and he blocked me. Furthermore, because it was late in the evening, every single other handicapped parking spot was open. That makes 4 open spots that were actually closer to the building. I took a picture of said open spots.
Secondly, isn't keeping me there after citing me considered unlawful detainment? Also, there's no doubt that throwing his gloves in my face is an assault and battery.
I know I'm a law student, but it's only my first year, so I need some assistance. I really don't want to press charges, but if they make me pay the fine, I intend on suing for every little bit I can get, and I have a rather skillful attorney. What should I do to avoid having to pay the fine?