You need to speak to an attorney that has experience representing public employees (not me). This may have been an unlawful "search" and/or "seizure" in violation of your rights under the 4th and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution. It could also be an unlawful "taking" in violation of your rights under the 5th and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution. 42 U.S.C. section 1983 allows individuals to sue for violations of constitutional rights. You might also have claims for "trespass" and "conversion" (i.e. theft), which you would need to bring pursuant to the Government Tort Claims Act. Start seeking counsel immediately. There are strict and complicated time limits and administrative requirements with the Government Tort Claims Act.
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