False Arrest Under Color of Authority – Penal Code Section 146
It is a misdemeanor for any person to commit an unauthorized act under color of authority. It is illegal do to the following:
- Arrest a person or detain the person against his or her will.
- Seize or levy property.
- Dispossess / evict a person from land or a tenement.
Private citizens posing as public officers can be charged under Section 146, as well as any public officer who acts outside the scope of his official duty.