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.

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The claim alleges police officers committed battery, unlawful imprisonment, false arrest and infliction of emotional distress in addition to violating the claimants' civil rights. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Dravon Ames arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license, say DPS officials," 30 Aug. 2019 The family's suit is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, alleging negligence, willful and wanton conduct, assault, battery, false arrest and emotional distress. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, "12-year-old boy sitting on bed shot in knee during police raid, lawsuit says," 9 Aug. 2019 Daniels is claiming false arrest, malicious prosecution, conspiracy to violate the Fourth and 14th amendments and abuses of process violating Ohio law. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "5 Columbus, Ohio, police officers face discipline in Stormy Daniels strip club arrest," 31 July 2019 As for Xi, the scientist said the false arrest has forever altered his life. Teresa Watanabestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Is it police work or racial profiling? U.S. crackdown puts Chinese scholars on edge," 22 July 2019 Florida authorities have arrested a former Jackson County deputy accused of making false arrests after planting drugs on drivers, police said in a statement. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Ex-deputy accused of planting drugs on Florida drivers is arrested," 11 July 2019 The two deputies, who returned to work after their acquittals, allege false arrest and intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of their due process rights and negligence against the doctor who testified. oregonlive.com, "Two Jefferson County jail deputies acquitted in inmate’s death file suit, alleging malicious prosecution," 26 July 2019 The couple are now seeking monetary damages in their lawsuit, accusing Perry of excessive force and false arrest. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Unarmed man shot in back by IMPD officer settles lawsuit for millions," 11 July 2019 Civil rights advocates have said the inaccuracies of facial recognition pose a heightened danger of misidentification and false arrests. Drew Harwell, Twin Cities, "FBI, ICE use driver license photos without owners’ knowledge or consent," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of false arrest

1715, in the meaning defined above

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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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