My question involves police conduct in the State of: Indiana
I'm unsure of where to begin with this, or if this falls under police conduct, civil rights, or something else entirely.
The warning above reminds me not to share personal details that could identify me, so let me know if I need to clarify anything. (I go in and out of detail pretty often)
When I was 18, I was arrested outside of my resident county for forgery I committed under duress, after being taken across county lines by an unstable and violent older man who threatened to kill me with a sawed off shotgun he kept in his car. This man also did time for attempted murder previously. The reason I finally got away from him was because he fled when the police were informed a possible crime was being committed and I stayed, waited, and explained what happened to the officer that showed up.
That officer was fine with me, and of course I was happy to cooperate. I was still unsure of what was going to happen to me and still afraid and upset. Thats when I was transferred into the custody of the detective that, as he would later tell me on the drive to what I assume was his office, was very upset about being called out so late at night on his honeymoon/anniversary - but only after he found out I was gay. Up until then, he was understanding about what happened, said that I could go home that night, made small talk, etc. When he told me I "need to stay away from guys like that and find a good man", I politely corrected him, and said that I only date women. Suddenly the mood changes, he then proceeds to preach about how I might have been leading him on (I wasnt, and why would that matter?) and that I'm unnatural, me and people like me disgust him, he believes god hates homosexuals, tells me a personal story of his involving the murder of his wife by his son that appeared to come out of nowhere and didn't even seem to fit into his gay banter. I didn't say much of anything, I was just terrified about what had just happened to me and him telling me I wasn't going home after all. I was humble and polite throughout.
Skipping ahead, I appeared before a judge in the (very small) county I was arrested in after being bailed out. (side note: as I was leaving the booking area after being bailed out, the man that had threatened to kill me was in the drunk tank for some reason, saw me and began making threats on my life again, in detail, and the officer that did the booking saw what was happening and told him to shut up). I was set to be on 2 and a half years probation/suspended sentence (I would have pled not guilty and fought it had I not been told that because I should have ran away and didn't I was still guilty in the eyes of the law), but after the judge explained that considering my circumstances my felony was to be dropped to a misdemeanor after successfully completing probation, the same homophobic detective comes in and announces that I am now wanted in my resident county, for something I didn't do at all. I honestly tell the judge I have no idea what is going on(I was more upset than I had ever been in my life), and she understands and is kind enough to drop my felony to a misdemeanor on the spot, saying it will help my case in the other county.
Skipping ahead, I make bail as soon as possible, go through more crap, get out, find out in the detectives police report that the psychopath that wanted to kill me went to him after being released to make a deal, as his house was raided after what happened and they found a whole variety of drugs and firearms and stolen property. He signed a statement and told him that days before I took money from a bank somehow through some sort of check fraud. Apparently a video tape of me at the bank was produced cashing some kind of check (though no one there remembering me being there) but after I challenged this and made it clear he couldnt possibly have a tape of me doing anything in a bank I have never even been in, detective admits that it is only a female with a comparable build.
Skipping ahead some more, I try to get a restraining order against the psycho but am denied (I was told at the courthouse/clerk that the relationship I had with him did not meet the requirements for a restraining order) and by this point I'm just exhausted. (To be honest, I'm depressed just thinking and writing about this) I was scared shitless all the time, I felt powerless, and unable to rely on authorities who can't help me even if they wanted. My life went to hell overnight, my chance at the life I wanted went down the drain, my mother and little brother moved away across town with me so we could be safe, and now I have a felony following me around for something I didn't even do, because the only shot I thought I had was to plead guilty for something I didn't want to do and then something I didn't have anything to do with at all!
I'm 25 now, and even though I am far stronger now than I was at 18 and 19, I still don't know what I could have done differently to help myself at the time. I successfully completed my probation, never got in trouble again, I don't do and was never interested in drugs, and I am a good, law abiding citizen.
Maybe presently I have no realistic recourse for what that detective did to me, but did I have any at the time either?: