False Arrest Definition

Any unlawful detention or restraint of a person by one claiming legal power or authority.
Webster's New World
The tort of unlawful physical restraint of a person.
American Heritage

An arrest made by a person who falsely claims to be a law enforcement officer or by a law enforcement officer who has no legal grounds for making an arrest; restraint of an individual’s free movement. See also false imprisonment.

Webster's New World Law

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