Difference in "arrest" and "detention"
Hi everybody, I found this site a few days ago from the tagline in an officers sig on another board. I tried to register there because they have a local area forum and I wanted to ask some of the San Diego police about this. But I was never authorized to post on that board.
I was in a bar on May 31 that was raided by the police. There were dope dealers hanging out in the bus stop in front of the bar, I think that was the main reason for the raid. As they are checking everybody's ID in the bar, my name came back with an arrest warrant in San Francisco CA. I have no warrants and I haven't been to San Fran in twenty years, so I know it's not me. The arresting officer even asked me if I had any warrants or if I had been to San Francisco. Anyway, he arrests me. I go into the paddy wagon with the dope dealers for a ride to the police station. I was never booked into jail, I was released from the police station a few minutes after I arrived there. I did not even come close to matching the description of the person on the warrant.
I got a letter a few days later from the SDPD stating that I had been detained, as in not arrested. I had always thought, (and maybe I watch too much NYPD Blue), that a person who is "detained" is actually free to go if he wants, it's only when you are under arrest that you can not leave. Is that right? Obviously, I was not free to leave while handcuffed in a paddy wagon.
Also, why did they bother taking the time to put me in the paddy wagon for a trip to the police station when they probably had the description of the person on the warrant already? It would have saved them time, and my time too. Fortunately this took place in downtown, so I did not have far to walk to get back to where I was. If this had taken place far from the police station I would have been very inconvenienced to get back where I was as they would not have transported me back.
BTW, my doppleganger's warrant was a no-bail warrant. He must be a murderer or an escape artist.