Dear Shreveport - it sounds like you were not under arrest - merely detained for questioning. Also, for defamation, you must show that someone told a third party something false about you that damages you. Be aware that if you pursue the police, they are likely to come after you - good luck.
Mr. Pullin is correct in his observations and suggestions, "let sleeping dogs lay".
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I would not take this case, and do not know any attorneys that would. By your own admission, you were a bit of a smart-a** to the police, and it's all recorded on a DVD. Regardless of whether this case was tried to a judge or jury, my concern would be that judge or jury would be more sympathetic to the police than to you. As another of my colleagues has already advised, I think you would do well to let sleeping dogs lie.
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