Chicago, IL asked in Civil Rights for Ohio

Q: Can the police pose you and take your picture in handcuffs for their own personal entertainment during an arrest?

I was arrested after leaving a program for someone else in my car getting out when offered drugs at a gas station. Since I transported them to that location to get gas and that happened, I was charged with permitting drug abuse. They handcuffed me and were laughing that I just got out of the program and that was a fast turnaround and put my certificate in my handcuffed hands, had me stand in front of the sheriff's car, and both took pictures with their personal cell phones while cracking up. I'm still deeply bothered and embarrassed by this and don't know if they still have these pictures of me or if they are posted anywhere. I do know they planned to send them to my old probation officer because they thought she would get a kick out of it too.

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Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: While not illegal, that is likely a violation of departmental policies which could get them into hot water at work.

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