Memphis, TN asked in Collections for Tennessee

Q: Handcuffed and detained for asking why officers needed to see my ID

I visited the laundromat recently and while wating for my wash to finish I grabbed what I thought wa my phone and went across the street to get something to eat. When I came out I seen the police standing behind my car.They asked for my id I asked "Why what did do?" The officer said "we're not going to play this game" grabbed my hand put it behind my back and handcuffed me. Again I asked "what did I do I was just asking why you needed my ID" he says "the next time an officer from McKenzie Tennessee ask for ID give it to him and you won't get handcuffed" I told him I have a right to ask why you needed my ID I'm just walking out of the store I have no idea what's going on. Then he told me he had surveillance video of me grabbing someone's phone out of the laundromat. The phone was sitting on my washer so I assumed it was mine m,we got it straighten I picked it up by mistake and they let me go. I believe the officer violated my rights by cuffing me for asking a lawful question.Yes or no?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
  • Collections Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: Was the officer wearing a bodyCam? If so, there may be a provable case, though the extent of recovery may make it not viable.

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