Because law enforcement possesses the power to place individuals under arrest, as citizens, we expect that the police should follow lawful procedures when they take someone into custody. Sometimes this might not be the case. In some instances, a person might be arrested when in reality it was not legally proper to arrest that individual in the first place. When this happens, a person has been the victim of a false arrest. In certain circumstances, a New York police officer may have taken someone into custody unlawfully.