You really need a contingent retainer with an attorney. No money out of pocket, and the lawyer only gets paid if you get paid. Search avvo or the Internet to find one near you. Don't miss the statute of limitations. Do it today!
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You will not find someone to do this pro bono. At best you may get someone to take it on contingency but that could be hard because the police need only show there was probable cause to arrest you in order to defeat a false arrest case and they don't have to investigate self-defense.
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The 30-day notice filed for suing a municipality is vital! Even if you don't find a lawyer, do it yourself anyway. As far as finding a pro-bono attorney - that's easy. If you have a good claim, it will likely be a contingency fee based on 1/3 of the award. In that way, there should not be any legal fees paid directly by you.