You'd think police have better things to do than stop people for failing to signal before changing lanes late at night and having them do the Full Monty on the sidewalk. Who'd have thought that mere infractions were big money (not to mention what they will do to your insurance rates)? Anyway, turns out police all over the country are arresting people, conducting body cavity searches for drugs, not finding drugs, and then springing the people only to go after more unsuspecting victims. Comes as no surprise, then, that many cities around the country are being sued for what their police "force" (oxymoron if ever there was one) is doing.
If you've ever suspected you were the victim of an illegal stop or search of your person by police, might I suggest you take a look at:
- Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation (West)
- Handling Federal Tort Claims (Lexis)
- Police Civil Liability (Lexis)
- Section 1983 Litigation: Claims and Defenses (Aspen)
- California Government Tort Liability Practice (CEB)