Can neighborhood watch detain you and force identification ?
During my walk neighborhood watch detained me because he believed that I did not live in the neighborhood. He threatened that he would call the police if I didnt show him identification. After refusing multiple times and told him to call the police. He continued to harass me. I tried to leave but he blocked my movement. Then another neighborhood watch member came and after being surrounded and threatened they took my drivers license and returned it after they determined I lived here. Tried to report it to an officer but he said that even though they detained me for doing nothing wrong, it isn’t a crime
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There's a lot to unpack here, but suffice to say that you should contact an attorney. What happened was a tort known as false imprisonment. One person can detain another if they see the other person committing a misdemeanor, or has a reasonable suspicion that they've committed a felony. That doesn't appear to be the case with you, and as such, the detainment could very well be unlawful. IN ADDITION, the harassment seems to be based upon the idea that you don't belong in the neighborhood in which you live, which could also constitute a violation of the Fair Housing Act.
Now, these cases are fact specific, so I have no idea if you have a good case or a bad case, but you have enough that calling attorneys (personal injury or civil rights attorneys) and discussing the matter with them is a good idea.
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