Yeah,┬*I was out waxing my car in front of my house┬*on the morning of┬*April 19th (I was on the street, too bad I didn't do it in the driveway, that would have been even better). I was UOC, as I sometimes do. Sure enough,┬*a cop decided to stop by.┬* He took my gun---(how did he take it from you? unless he threw you on the ground or twisted your arm you are going to have a hard time making this into an issue) and I pressed record on my voice recorder and set it on my car. Another cop pulled up. They gave me the "why do you need a gun to wax your car" line. They didn't like I was recording the encounter (saying it was illegal) and one cop picked up my recorder and set it back down and it slid off the car into the ground. ---(This you can actually make a legit issue out of. Is your property damaged? If yes make a monetary claim. Quote any appropriate code or case law that says recording not a crime)┬*He said, "Oops" sarcastically. (I asked him why he knocked off my recorder. And he said it slid off the car because of my wax job.) I asked if I was being detained, and one cop said "yes". I asked what I was being detained for and they said "cause you're waxing your car with a gun". I said "that isn't against the law, can you specifically tell me which law you believe I have broken?" They couldn't, but kept saying how you never see something like this and it disturbs the people in the neighborhood. ---(Not much in the way of a workable issue here but you can write it up to show bad attitude on their part. Don't bother crying rights violation. It won't get you anywhere at this level.)
One cop┬*kept saying I had a loaded┬*gun,┬*because I had ammo with me on my belt (clearly he misunderstands the law). They also said I might be breaking a city ordinance (I'm not I checked). One cop was saying that my shirt partial conceals my handgun, but it does not in the slightest. I was sure to wear a carefully selected shirt. They┬*called in the situation, but┬*couldn't find any reason to┬*arrest me.┬*They said the DA will get back to me if they find anything. ---(Argue the law here. Include a copy of the open carry flier and include some quotes in your letter)
The cop wouldn't hand me my firearm ---(non issue), instead he went to the passenger side of the car I was waxing, opened the door, and set the gun between the passenger seat and the door ---(not a search, no 4th violation), half-way under the seat,┬*saying it was for his protection and I could get it after he left ---(semi-legitimate complaint but you can always argue that you didn't threaten before he had your gun so why are you a threat after he's done with it). Then he left. Well, he placed that gun IMO in a concealed spot, which┬*is┬*illegal, possibly entrapping me. I'm not saying they were trying to set me up, but that is poor judgement for an officer of the law. ---(spurious argument, know your definitions. Entrapment is not what you think it is.) returned the gun to my holster.
A total of four police cars came by ---(and?), but only two officers delt with me. I will be filing complaints with several people┬*for this police misconduct. For one, detaining me without reasonable suspicion of a crime (fixed, thanks bigtoe). Another for touching my voice recorder and causing it to fall.---(again touching it means nothing. dropping it might be a workable beef. Did they turn it off? If so you can scream that they were trying to conceal their bad acts by doing so. There are lots of departments that record so you can use that to your benefit) Another for taking my firearm without consent ---(your failure to surrender your piece is probable cause to arrest. don't try to make that an issue) to run a background ---(know your definitions) check. Another for accessing my car without permission---(no search no violation), and for not returning my firearm to me properly ---(rude but not illegal) and possibly placing it in an illegal spot---(non-argument).
So, guys, can you help me? I need some help writing the complaints and know who to send them to. I'm not sure the proper procedure. Plus, I only know one of the officers' names and the other one I don't know. I'm a bit worried, though my Dad was with me the whole time as a witness, I think they might lie in their report ---(what report? Log item only most likely), like saying my firearm was loaded, or saying I concealed it.