Could I sue for defamation, slander or libel?

Asked over 1 year ago - Webster, MA

I was arrested recently and the local police released my mugshot photo as well as the charges brought against me on their FACEBOOK page, effectively painting me as a scumbag in the public eye. Multiple people from my town commented and insulted me. To add, I was 17 at the time of the arrest. Can I sue the police department? Or the people publicly humiliating me?

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  1. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . A lawsuit would be fruitless.

  2. Alan James Brinkmeier

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    Answered . Sue ? Yes
    Win? No


    Arrest record is public.

  3. Norman Antonio Stiteler

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    Answered . Probably no real chance of winning. Fortunately, you're 17, and the teasing should pass if you stay out of trouble.

    I am licensed in New Mexico and Pennsylvania, and therefore any discussion of issues related to other states must... more

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