Recent Examples of plainclothes from the Web
New York City plainclothes police officers took down a student protester.
None of the 28 callers to 911 indicated that anyone had a gun or fired shots other than two white men in plainclothes dress (who matched descriptions of Treacy and Derouin).
However, when Miguna arrived on Monday at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, plainclothes officers tried to hustle him onto an outbound plane, witnesses said.
As plainclothes officers and unmarked vehicles descended on the area and authorities worked to get SWAT, tactical and ballistic teams in place, Conditt pulled out of the lot.
When his police powers were somehow reinstated in 2012, he was bumped up to the plainclothes gun unit.
The story that Christopher Thomas, a plainclothes police officer, told a grand jury in December 2014 sounded plausible enough.
As a New York City plainclothes officer, Serpico was labeled a traitor for refusing payoffs and reporting corruption.
In the pilot, 100 cameras were placed on patrol officers in five police districts, and plainclothes officers in the Youth Violence Strike Force, which tends to gang matters.
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First Known Use of plainclothes
PLAINCLOTHES Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plainclothes for English Language Learners
: dressed in ordinary clothes and not a uniform while on duty
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