Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

March 18, 2013
Print Comment RSS

Man sues police after wrongly placed on most wanted list

The man was detained for 3 days when he arrived at the police station to clear the confusion up

By PoliceOne Staff

OAKLAND, Calif. — A man is filing a lawsuit against the Oakland Police Department after he says his name was mistakenly on the ‘Most Wanted’ list for six months.  

Chau Van, 37, claims his reputation was “irreparably harmed” by the error, while the department has defended its actions, saying Van is still an identified suspect for an incident in which a man was nearly beaten to death with a baseball bat in December 2011, according to Fox News.

Van’s name and image first appeared during a Feb. 7, 2012, news conference on Oakland gang violence, in which Police Chief Howard Jordan said he was wanted for a shooting.

Van went to the department a week later to clear his name, and was held in custody for three days before being released.

An investigation into the beating, which Van was never charged for, is ongoing. 






PoliceOne Offers

Sponsored by

P1 on Facebook

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample