My question involves police conduct in the State of: California
SORRY THIS IS LONG! THIS HAS BEEN ONGOING FOR 5 MONTHS NOW!
A girl I was seeing turned out to be quite insane, as she called the police after an argument and accused me of rape. We have never even had sex. Regardless, the police came to my house and arrested me on rape charges, based on her word. I spent a week in jail before the DA dropped the charges, based on total lack of evidence.
Were the police within their rights to arrest me, rather than detaining me, which I said I'd be happy to go along with?
I never resisted detainment, only expressed my belief the arrest might be illegal. One of the arresting officers even told me privately that he believes I am innocent, but I was still arrested.
Also, I have provided evidence to the police that this rape was reported falsely and maliciously, but the police refuse to investigate my accuser, criminally. I know I have a civil case, but don't I have a criminal case against her as well? I'm not really looking for money, nor do I expect she would pay anything I won in civil court. I'm interested in criminal justice. I know filing a false police report is a misdemeanor, if you do it knowingly and maliciously.
I tried filing a personnel complaint against the officers for refusing to investigate the matter. The department that deals with complaints is refusing to properly investigate or even file the complaint! It sometimes takes weeks of phone calls to hear back from one supervisor. I am so frustrated....I am now considering a case against the police department itself.
I've been making phone calls and sending letters since July of this year. It is currently Dec. of '08, and I've made virtually no progress in convincing the police department to press criminal charges or even investigate this matter.