funkerbunny, Your lawyer is going to tell you that it was probably an illegal search, and they probably didn't have PC, but that there's no money in suing, and it will cost you a ton to prove you were in the right. And unless you have more money than sense, you're going to have to let it go. And the police in question will have gotten away with violating your rights. See AJAX22's thread here: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=300731 It appears that the LEOs lied to him about having a search warrant to search his backpack, and horribly violated his 4th Amendment rights. But his lawyer basically told him there was no point in pursuing it. I'm sorry, but my crystal ball tells me that you will decide along the same lines.