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citizen's arrest

an apprehending of a person by a member of the public. It is assumed in the UK that a private citizen (including a police constable) may arrest another without warrant if the citizen has witnessed the commission of a serious crime. Any force used must be reasonable (or in certain limited circumstances where there has been no unlawful conduct but there is a real threat of a breach of the peace interfering with the rights of another that would involve unreasonable violence).
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self-defence, defence of property and citizens' arrests.
In all cases of citizens' arrests, the citizen must
Mcleod et al refused to undergo a drug test following the citizens' arrest.
I told him that I was putting him under a citizens' arrest and he made a run for it.
When he was found a citizens' arrest was made and he was taken back to the retail park and handed over to security staff who had also joined in the chase.
The voices of community residents and merchants, railing against gang violence at endless public meetings and candlelight vigils, also ring hollow, because they, too, are often afraid to stand up and identify perpetrators, to press charges, to make citizens' arrests.
Currently, library guards can make citizens' arrests and wait for the police to pick up the perpetrators.
West Midlands police at first defended their action and repeated the warning about citizens' arrests.
The law does provide the ability of citizens to make citizens' arrests, but Moore said the LAPD is discouraging that kind of activity because it will lead to problems between neighbors.
And when the Valley successfully secedes from downtown Los Angeles, we can repeal property taxes because we'll be relying on our all-volunteer force of residents to police our streets, make citizens' arrests, stomp out fires, pick up trash.

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