You may very well have a claim. I know of a similar case in which a movie theatre chain that used off duty cops to "roust" teens from the entrances near the ticket counter had to pay a huge judgment, but that was based on "failure to train" the guards. Plus, the theatre chain went forth with a "loitering" prosecution against the young man, when no evidence existed to show any crime. A link to that case profile and the attorney Pete Law, is shown below. Here is Pete's summary of that case: $ 3,002,633.00 Malicious Prosecution - Record jury verdict for a seventh grade child who was wrongfully profiled, arrested, detained and prosecuted by AMC movie theater employees.
Yes, under the facts you describe your sons would seem to have two claims, one for defamation, the other for false imprisonment. You should consult a local attorney to discuss your options.
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