false arrest


Definition of false arrest

: an arrest not justifiable under law

Examples of false arrest in a Sentence

He's suing the police for false arrest.
Recent Examples on the Web The suit filed in September also seeks unspecified monetary damages for assault, battery, false arrest and imprisonment, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and negligence stemming from the night of the March 13 shooting. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "Can Breonna Taylor's boyfriend sue Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron, commonwealth's attorney?," 12 Nov. 2020 In the second lawsuit, filed last week, Cale Josephs claims a violation of his free speech rights and false arrest when he was taken into custody on June 8 at about 12:30 a.m. oregonlive, "21 protest-related lawsuits have been filed against Portland police: Latest 3 accuse police of harassing critics," 14 Oct. 2020 Besides false arrest, Curtis and Taylor are suing for malicious prosecution, emotional distress and defamation of character. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police sued for wrongful arrest after charges dropped in September murder," 6 Nov. 2020 His lawsuit, filed this week in federal district court, alleges false arrest and imprisonment and malicious prosecution, among other charges, and seeks in excess of $3 million in damages. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Man accused of being mass shooter at party near Greenville sues authorities for $3M," 31 Oct. 2020 Walker has filed a $10.5 million lawsuit alleging malicious prosecution, false arrest and assault. Mark Morales, CNN, "Vice News releases body camera video that purports to show moments after officers raided Breonna Taylor's apartment," 28 Sep. 2020 The advisers recommended requiring officers to intervene to stop colleagues from using excessive force, making a false arrest or engaging in other inappropriate conduct, and to report that misconduct. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Newsom advisers urge changes in policing at California protests," 13 Oct. 2020 Evodio Hendrix alleged false arrest and harassment. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police received tip that Gun Trace Task Force ringleader was robbing citizens in 2015, well before federal investigation surfaced," 30 Sep. 2020 Those violations include excessive force, false arrest, obstruction of justice or deprivation of medical care. Matt Mencarini, The Courier-Journal, "FBI investigation into Breonna Taylor case continues even after grand jury indicts officer," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of false arrest

1715, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of false arrest was in 1715

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22 Nov 2020

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“False arrest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/false%20arrest. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of false arrest

: an arrest that is not legally justified

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Legal Definition of false arrest

see arrest

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