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How do I prove a claim for false arrest against the New York City Police Department?

New York City Police Department may be liable for a claim under 42 USC § 1983 for false arrest if you prove that:

(1) the police intended to confine you;

(2) you were conscious of the confinement;

(3) and you did not consent to the confinement; and

(4) the confinement was not otherwise privileged.”  See Carson v Lewis, 35 F. Supp2d 250, 257 (EDNY1999), citing Singer v Fulton Cnty. Sheriff, 63 F3d 110, 118 (2d Cir. 1995), cert. denied, 517 US 1189 (1996)).  The existence of a probable cause is a complete defense to a 42 USC § 1983 claim for false arrest.  See Weyant v Okst, 101 F3d 845, 852 (2d Cir.1996)

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