AP Style Arrest

In order to avoid any suggestion that an individual is being judged before a trial, AP Style states that you should not use a phrase such as “arrested for killing.” Instead the AP Stylebook says to use “arrested on a charge of killing.” For example,

  • Wrong: Joe Smith, who was arrested for killing Steve Smith, was released on bail.
  • Correct: Joe Smith, who was arrested on a charge of killing Steve Smith, was released on bail.

If a charge hasn’t been filed, “arrested on suspicion of,” or a similar phrase, shoulbe used.

Also see pages on guidelines related to using accused, allege, and indict.

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