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Police officers can be sued for making an arrest without probable cause – a false arrest. That’s what this case is about.
In this case, District of Columbia officers responded to a complaint of unlawful activity at a house party. A few people scattered; the officers might have smelled weed; there was some semi-nude dancing going on. Everyone said their friend Peaches had invited them to either a bachelor party or a birthday party. Peaches had told the partiers it was her new apartment.