false imprisonment


Definition of false imprisonment

: imprisonment of a person contrary to law

Examples of false imprisonment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brothers are seeking damages over $75,000 for the violation of their civil rights, for the officers’ assault and battery, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, "Brothers sue two Fort Lauderdale police officers over forceful arrest," 7 Apr. 2021 Godchaux was arrested in September 2016, during his junior season with the Tigers, on charges of domestic abuse battery/child endangerment and false imprisonment that were later dropped. Andrew Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, "Five things to know about new Patriots defensive lineman Davon Godchaux," 17 Mar. 2021 Clemson was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on multiple charges including one count of kidnapping, false imprisonment, automobile theft, carjacking, auto theft and interfering with bus operations. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, "Santa Clara man accused of stealing public bus with passenger onboard after struggle with driver," 2 Mar. 2021 Others released had criminal histories of assault with a deadly weapon, child cruelty, domestic violence, false imprisonment, fraud, hit and run, and other crimes. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "California ICE officials say they're unable to detain reoffenders released because of the pandemic," 10 Dec. 2020 He has been charged by the Marin County district attorney’s office with making criminal threats, false imprisonment by violence, kidnapping, and unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering on a child. Los Angeles Times, "Ex-cop threatens to ‘put a bullet’ in boy’s head after doorbell prank, prosecutors say," 22 Feb. 2021 Police did not have a search warrant for DeVane’s house, according to the lawsuit filed Monday, which claims gross negligence, emotional distress and false imprisonment. Jeffrey Collins, USA TODAY, "Black man, 71, was held at gunpoint naked outside home during suspect search, lawsuit says," 24 Dec. 2020 Police did not have a search warrant for DeVane's house, according to the lawsuit filed Monday, which claims gross negligence, emotional distress and false imprisonment. Fox News, "Police kept Black man naked in yard while looking for teens," 24 Dec. 2020 Police didn't have a search warrant for DeVane's house, according to the lawsuit filed Monday, which claims gross negligence, emotional distress and false imprisonment. CBS News, "Black man, 71, sues after police make him stand naked outside his house," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of false imprisonment

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Apr 2021

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“False imprisonment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/false%20imprisonment. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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