Can I sue the police?
Beyond going through the IPCA, it is sometimes possible to sue the police. Sometimes you may sue the police for wrongful arrest or wrongful imprisonment. If you were searched wrongly, then you could also sue for assault. But this is quite a complicated process and can take quite a lot of time and money. If you win, you may be entitled to damages (i.e. money) from the Police – but you usually wouldn’t get very much.
If you decide to sue, you will need to see a lawyer. You may be able to get legal aid for your lawyer’s fees. If you’re thinking about suing the police, you should first speak to your local Community Law Centre, YouthLaw or a private lawyer.