false imprisonment

noun

Definition of false imprisonment

: imprisonment of a person contrary to law

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That officer was acquitted of reckless homicide in 2017, but was convicted of several unrelated charges, including false imprisonment and solicitation of prostitutes. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "Video of Sterling Brown’s Arrest Shows Milwaukee Police Using Stun Gun on N.B.A. Player," 23 May 2018 Tylor Nellon, 18, and Jevon Wilson, 28, were booked into the Gwinnett County jail on charges of home invasion, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, battery, armed robbery and probation violation. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Cops: Suspects pistol-whipped man in Gwinnett home invasion," 13 July 2018 David and Louise Turpin face numerous criminal charges including torture, false imprisonment and abuse. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Inside the House of Horrors: How the Turpin Children's Alleged Torture Escalated Over Time," 20 Apr. 2018 The 33-year-old was wanted for charges including kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment and violation of a restraining order, the report said. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Report: Former NFL Player Brandon Browner Arrested in California," 8 July 2018 Guzman-Garcia faces charges of with false imprisonment of a minor, kidnapping, criminal attempt-rape of child, aggravated indecent assault of child, unlawful restraint/serious bodily injury and aggravated assault. PEOPLE.com, "Girl, 4, Snatched from Her Front Door as Her Parents Slept: 'A Monster Took Me'," 15 June 2018 At the time, Parnell was convicted for kidnapping and false imprisonment. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Cary Stayner's Murders and His Brother Steven's Legacy," 25 Jan. 2019 Now, McMillan is suing Fritz, 43, and the small town that hired him, accusing him of abusing his police authority, as well as false imprisonment and emotional distress. Tom Jackman, chicagotribune.com, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 Now, McMillan is suing Fritz, 43, and the small town that hired him, accusing him of abusing his police authority, as well as false imprisonment and emotional distress. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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false imprisonment

noun

Legal Definition of false imprisonment

: the tort of intentionally restraining another by physical force or the threat of physical force without privilege or authority — see also false arrest at arrest

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