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 In December that year, Laviage filed a lawsuit in Harris County against Fite for false arrest and malicious prosecution, which was eventually moved to the federal court in the Southern District of Texas. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 8 Dec. 2021 Twenty-five years since that fateful winter day on a railroad crossing in Elkhart, where a false arrest led to a 40-year prison sentence, and set off a never-ending legal odyssey that defined the rest of his life. Kristine Phillips, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Dec. 2021 The lawsuit filed on behalf of Karim Codrington, a 32-year-old Army veteran from Radcliff, also accuses police of false arrest, malicious prosecution, failure to train and intervene and unlawfully seizing at least $18,000. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 18 Nov. 2021 Several of the officers have also been named as defendants in lawsuits alleging excessive force, false arrest and wrongful death, court filings show. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2021 According to court documents, the jury found in favor of Walmart on other claims of false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and slander. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 29 Nov. 2021 The 11-page federal complaint accuses the department of excessive force, failure to intervene, false arrest, battery, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2021 According to WalletHub, umbrella insurance also covers a wide range of scenarios such as libel and slander, false arrest, personal psychological harm and mental anguish, and malicious prosecution. Hiranmayi Srinivasan, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Nov. 2021 The episode turns when Jake and Amy become convinced that the false arrest Jake made was actually a setup by O’Sullivan. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 28 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of false arrest

1715, in the meaning defined above

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29 Dec 2021

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“False arrest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/false%20arrest. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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