Definitions for false arrest
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an arrest that is unauthorized by law.
Origin of false arrest:
False arrest is a common law tort, where a plaintiff alleges he or she was held in custody without probable cause, or without an order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction. Although it is possible to sue law enforcement officials for false arrest, the usual defendants in such cases are private security firms.
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