My question involves civil rights in the State of: colorado...
Here we go: Yesterday I was shopping at best buy with my girlfriend. I selected a video game and began walking towards the check out line. As I rounded a corner I saw a police officer with his hand on my girlfriends wrist pulling her towards the front of the store... just as I asked what was going on another cop comes up behind me along with a man whom I assume was LP and grabs me pulling me into a detention room near the front of the store. As I sat with my girlfriend hand cuffed in the small room (with the door open so everyone could see) I repeatedly asked what was going on and why I was being detained. The officer that was "guarding" us while his partner and LP agent reviewed security footage refused to tell us why we were being detained. I managed to get my cell (I was cuffed from in front) and said I was calling my lawyer at which point the pig grabbed my phone and threw it at the wall shattering the screen.
Finally the second officer and LP came in and accused us of acting suspiciously. The laptops on display have sensors on back of them so they cannot be stolen and while looking at the laptops I turned them over to see what color a few of them were, which LP interpreted as me trying to remove the sensors. The officer had a pair of beats headphones in his hand which my girlfriend had apparently been holding upon their arrival because I was buying them for her and they had a security wrap on them which my girlfriend was accused of tampering with despite the lack of any evidence of her doing so.
Finally after the cops were unsuccessful in their attempt to find evidence of wrong doing on my part I was told to leave. They wouldn't release my girlfriend because the LP agent insisted that he saw her steal a usb drive (which she hadn't even touched). After searching her and interrogating her for an extended period of time they couldn't find the usb drive and handed her over to the cops who arrested her and took her to jail. Upon arrival she was thoroughly searched including being strip searched twice where her vagina was searched (traumatizing her). After being held for 8 hours and not having anything stolen on her I was able to bail her out for $487.00 and she was released without charges.
I was just informed by my landlord whose husband happened to see me handcuffed that i might be asked to vacate because criminal activity is a violation of my lease even though I was falsely accused. I was wondering whether I would be able to sue best buy and/or the police department because of the financial and personal damages their false allegations caused me. I was thinking about going to the store and warning that i might sue unless something can be worked out... what might come of that? Does anyone have any experience on this type of situation? I was thinking that maybe the store would give me a gift card so I could buy something and sell it to at least make the money we lost to bail back. I swear I am not leaving anything out, neither one of us has ever stolen nor was there any intention to do so at all. I realize that there is no way to get the LP side of the story but obviously there was a mistake made. Do I have a case?
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The civil rights comes in as far as being detained without being told why and the cop refusing to give me hid badge number...