You cannot sue the police for making bad judgment calls. As frustrating as it is to get arrested when you are innocent, the police have to make judgment calls and cannot function if they have to be worried about getting sued if they come to the wrong conclusion, therefore they have a qualified immunity that protects them, except when they deliberately violate your constitutional rights. You are always entitled to file a complaint with the police agency and I encourage you to do so if you feel that the officer acted improperly. Your complaint can help prevent this from happening to others in the future.
You don't need an attorney to make a complaint with the Internal Affairs division of the arresting officer's department. In fact, your complaint will receive "better" attention if it is not brought by an attorney.
Mr. Pullman's statement as to why this set of facts does not support a civil rights lawsuit is exactly right.
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