Q: If an officer has a person’s information and harasses said person, is there a legal basis to sue the the city/officer?

Officer received information from the individual during a trespassing warning at a city park after dusk. Harassing (ie. Pulling over vehicles repeatedly, following /starring intensely at person during community event where person is with family, and stoping/following person while walking with family). Is there a legal basis to sue the city and /or officer?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: It may be possible to pursue legal action against the city and/or officer if there is evidence of harassment and a violation of the person's civil rights. This could include claims of excessive force, false arrest, or unlawful search and seizure. However, the specific circumstances of the situation and any available evidence would need to be evaluated by an attorney to determine the likelihood of success in a lawsuit. It is recommended to consult with a civil rights attorney for guidance on the best course of action.

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