false arrest

noun

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.

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In November 2009, Pellegrino and Waldman filed a civil lawsuit against the TSA and the officers alleging property damage, false arrest, malicious prosecution, civil conspiracy, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Court: TSA officers immune from most checkpoint lawsuits," 11 July 2018 She and her husband had sued for false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution over a July 2006 altercation at Philadelphia International Airport. NBC News, "TSA screeners have immunity from flier abuse claims, appeals court rules," 11 July 2018 The appeal focused on whether the Federal Tort Claims Act exempted the workers from claims of false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Court: TSA officers immune from most checkpoint lawsuits," 11 July 2018 Also, two other people in the Hartford, Conn., area filed suits alleging Stabile committed battery and made a false arrest as a police officer before he was hired by Hollywood in 2006. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "He was playing his radio too loud, then got choked by a cop. Now, he wants the city to pay," 29 June 2018 Beck had spent several years in CRASH, the infamous anti-gang unit that tarnished the Rampart name in a scandal involving more than a dozen officers and allegations of improper shootings, evidence planting and false arrests. Cindy Chang, latimes.com, "Retiring after more than 40 years, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has evolved with the department he leads," 24 June 2018 The lawsuit names Mulligan, who is white, and the department and seeks unspecified damages for allegations of false arrest and excessive and unnecessary force. Sam Stanton, sacbee, "Reeling from Stephon Clark protests, Sacramento police hit with new abuse lawsuit," 26 Mar. 2018 Then, after the first phase of the trial-- in which the deputy was found guilty of unreasonable detainment, false arrest, excessive force, denial of medical care and negligence -- the county made an offer of $6 million. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Orange High graduate, successful L.A. lawyer Galipo wins biggest-ever award for client in police shooting," 23 Mar. 2018 The couple filed a civil lawsuit against Perry in U.S. District Court on April 11 seeking monetary damages, accusing Perry of excessive force and false arrest. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "8 complaints, 2 lawsuits, 1 shooting: Why one officer didn’t draw more IMPD scrutiny," 8 June 2018

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1715, in the meaning defined above

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false arrest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of false arrest

: an arrest that is not legally justified

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