I think you can sue the government or the individual. I'm not sure where or how it should be filed. I was going to sue the government once for wrongfully putting me in jail. As I remember, you only have six months to file that suit. Part of the reason I didn't do it is the damages for spending a night in jail are not usually that high. The juice wasn't worth the squeeze. This question is really not a criminal law question, to get better help post this question in the civil rights section.Ask a similar question
One can be arrested by a "citizen" for either a misdemeanor or a felony.
Your friend may or may not have a law suit. Need to see an attorney in person with all of the reports etc.
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If the arrest and detention was without probable cause and you can get past immunity issues you need to file a claim under the Government Tort Claims Act.(180 days).
You need to consult an attorney to evaluate your claim.