unlawful force

Definition of "unlawful force"
  1. Use of force that is not allowed by law, and thus could be an act of wrongdoing or a criminal act, or potentially both
How to use "unlawful force" in a sentence
  1. The officer was suspended on the suspicion of having used unlawful force during the arrest.
  2. In a self-defense case, it is often debated whether the force used was lawful or constituted unlawful force.
  3. The jury had to determine if the defendant applied unlawful force, which would be considered a crime.

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