A family member of mine was arrested.
His wife called police and claimed that 8 hours earlier she was struck by her husband but that she did not want to press charges.
The police went to the residence and spoke with the husband. He was very calm and cooperative and claimed he did not strike her. He had no criminal record.
The police did not find any physical evidence of battery - such as scratches or bruises on the wife and they noted this on the report. There were no witnesses.
The husband was arrested and held in jail for roughly 30 hours before release; at the bail hearing the judge said the officer had probable cause for arrest.
Did the officer have probable cause for this arrest and jailing?