My friend fatally overdosed on heroin. His fiance, my fiance, and I were all there, called 911, performed rescue breathing until they got there, etc. Literally everything we were supposed to do. The police took all of our electronics, wallets, and my backpack. My wallet and backpack contained important identifications such as my passport, drivers license, insurance cards, birth certificate, money, debit card, and some other less important things. Some electronics they took were my Windows 10 tablet, all of our phones, and some of my very important USB flash-drives that contain everything I need to do my job. (I'm self employed so it's on hold until I get them back.)
I called the head investigator (at the local county sheriff's office) in charge of that case a couple days after it happened and was told they were getting a search warrant to go through everything in a couple days from then. I then said, well give them back until you get the warrant and was told to "fuck off" followed by getting hung up on. I called a couple days after the date they said they were getting the search warrant and was told the county district attorney was holding it as evidence in regards to a search warrant because of the fatal overdose. The officers on scene told my fiance that they were taking our belongings to make sure no foul play was involved. My fiance and I have both called the district attorney's office and that got us nowhere. The secretary just told us the DA will call us back. It has been a little over a month now and we have yet to get an answer from anybody AND we're getting evicted from our apartment because we couldn't pay rent as we had our rent money in our wallets. We weren't given a receipt or any sort of proof for all of the things they took.
I feel like we were straight-up robbed. I have never heard of such a thing like this. First our friend dies, then we get all of our belongings taken from us and as a result I lose my job and we lose our apartment.
Doesn't Governor Andrew Cuomo's 911 Good Samaritan Law protect us from this kind of thing?Is there someone we can call to speed up this process that will actually give us results? (No money for a lawyer)
Any advice and suggestions is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Edit: /u/LocationBot is telling me to add the location, I thought the [NYS] in the title was good enough but yes, this happened in Upstate New York.
Edit 2: Thread locked but - Woah! This got WAY more responses than I was expecting. Thank you all very much for contributing. To clear some things up:
I think that about covers it. u/PM_ME_UR_BEWBIES_GRL I think the most helpful response award goes to you. I'm looking into how exactly to file for a motion for return of property. Thank you and thanks again everyone for all of the responses. I read this entire thread very carefully and will take everything into consideration and decide my best option(s) from here.
My fiance and I are both clean now.
The last little thing I would like to say, out of respect - R.I.P, friend. You are and will continue to be missed greatly.
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