Probable Cause Needed for Arrests in Restraining Order Violations

A federal court ruled recently that those accused of violating a restraining order cannot be arrested unless the police have determined probable cause for arrest. You'd think this is a basic right but this article from The Massachusetts News explains how men are routinely arrested for 209A violations based only on an accusation. An accusation does not and should not create probable cause. This is definitely a step in the right direction for men's rights, and also civil rights in general. Source: The Massachusetts News [newspaper]

Title: City of Lawrence Pays Man $5000 for Illegal Arrest Under Restraining Order

Author: Unknown

Date: October 22, 2001

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