California Man Sues Over 'Most Wanted' Mistake

Chau Van claims he remained on Oakland Police Department's list despite efforts to clear his name.
1:54 | 03/19/13

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A friend called me. And say that I was on and -- for a shooting and a cycle and this must be some practical joke but -- wasn't laughing. He says his nightmare began in February of last year when his friends -- he was wanted for shooting. They seemed this mug shot from an unrelated incident in 2007. And he was being named as one of Oakland's most wanted criminals. Went home I checked the Internet and I was shocked like. Why why why we you know who would -- is to be. Flanked by his attorneys John Burris -- with -- Taliban says he wants to please tell them they have the wrong guy who does not mean you know it is clear -- Rivera says he was quickly -- to jail. Three days later he was released never charged with a crime and never told why or how -- they became the focus of criminal investigation. I -- shameful I don't know what people will wasn't thinking about me. Two days after the ordeal began he says his -- remained on Oakland's most wanted list depicting him as a violent felon. In fact -- he stayed on that list for six months. In a federal suit he claims the city of Oakland chief Howard Jordan and members of the Oakland Police Department placed him in constant fear for his safety. And as a result he lives in a state of embarrassment depression and -- Some kind of corrective action should have been taken. -- -- you can't happen should have been made to have his name removed. The suit does not specify the damages and is seeking and city attorneys will not discuss the merits we -- to -- allegations and and determine the facts before we can. -- -- -- I reached out to the Oakland police department for comment a department spokesperson. Declined an on camera interview instead referring me to the Oakland city attorney's office. It may be up to a judge to decide that you legality of this case and everyone may have to have their day in court. -- Oakland Police Department -- Smith ABC 7 NEWS.

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