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Is it defamation of character or harassment?

Virginia Beach, VA |

I was in a military base store buying a bigger purse and took my items out the one I purchased on the previous day. The security (LP) took me in their office for almost an hour. I supplied the receipts and everything providing there was no suspicious activity. The supervisor called apologizing and wanted to know what could they do to rectify the situation.

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Attorney answers 3


Defamation requires a false statement of fact that is communicated to a third-pary and causes damages to reputation. This sound more like a potential civil claim for false arrest and false imprisonment. You should contact a local civil rights lawyer immediately to discuss the details.


Look into a civil cause of action for false arrest and false imprisonment.


Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence, and a lawsuit would be fruitless. Best to let it roll off your shoulder.

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