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Long Beach Found Liable For False Arrest

An appellate court has ruled that the city of Long Beach was liable in the case of a man who was detained 12 days after police failed to check his identity and determine he was not his twin brother.

John Fairley was taken into custody in April 1997 for allegedly violating a temporary restraining order and having two outstanding warrants.

The warrants had been issued for his twin brother, Joe B. Fairley.

Although the initial charge against John Fairley was dropped three days after his arrest, police continued to hold him on his twin brother´s warrants.

When he told his jailers they were holding the wrong person, Fairley said, they responded by reducing his privileges. He was eventually freed after filing a citizen´s complaint from jail.