My question involves police conduct in the State of: Iowa
At the closing of my house buyers were made aware that I needed extra time to pack remaining items. A verbal agreement was made where possession would be delayed one day and in exchange I would provide a professional cleaning service the following morning and offered a hotel for the night. Buyers ignored the agreement and 10 minutes after closing 5 people aggressively entered the house demanding immediate possession of the house and all remaining items on the property. I left the house to avoid any confrontation in front of my children but their cars had blocked my licensed,Filled to capacity,enclosed cargo trailer preventing me from getting it. After dropping my kids off at a friends I returned to the house(20 minutes laterJto discuss the situation (per my realtors advice) and my trailer was gone. When I asked the buyers where it was they said they gave it to a stranger walking buy who asked if he could have it, then while arguing with them and questioning the validity of their story they called the police and said I was trespassing. Police arrived, claiming a civil matter, they had no authority to make decisions. Then immediately made a ruling that the trailer was considered an abandoned vehicle and the buyers could do what they want with it. This is not the law in Iowa, it does not meet the criteria to be determined abandoned, and even if it were, taking ownership of it is not an option, there is protocol to follow. My dumpster was scheduled to be picked up the following morning, so I went to the house to meet dumpster company, when I arrived all contents from my trailer were emptied from my bins and thrown in the dumpster then covered in wet paint, nothing was salvageable. I am aware that the buyers mights have a legal claim to contents inside the house but they do not have a legal claim to the trailer and itís contents. Iíve filed a small claims suit, waiting for hearing. My question is in reference to the police giving wrong legal advice which then allowed them overnight to destroy everything in my trailer thinking it was theirs. If the police told them the actual law, or told them to get the trailer back until a judge could rule on ownership, The damage done could have been prevented. How much of the responsibility is on the police and can he be held accountable for any of the damage.