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WATCHMAN. An officer in many cities and towns, whose duty it is to watch during the night and take care of the property of the inhabitants.
     2. He possesses generally the common law authority of a constable (q.v.) to make arrests, where there is reasonable ground to suspect a felony, though there is no proof of a felony having been committed. 1 Chit. Cr. L. 24; 2 Hale, 96; Hawk. B. 2, c. 13, s. 1, &c.; 1 East, P. C. 303; 2 Inst. 52; Com. Dig. Imprisonment, H 4; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.; 3 Taunt. R. 14; 1 B. & A. 227; Peake, R. 89; 1 Moody's Cr. Cas. 334; 1 Esp. R. 294; and vide Peace.
     3. By an act of congress, approved Sept. 30, 1850, the compensation of watchmen in the various departments of government, shall be five hundred dollars per annum.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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CUTLINE: Original "Watchmen" artwork shows Rorschach holding a blood-splattered smiley face.
It is testament to Snyder's tenacity that he managed to bring his vision of Watchmen to the big screen rather than the "Happy Meal" version the Hollywood studio originally wanted.
It was fantastic, you know the one thing I love and appreciate about this role is that she's an equal with all the guys, whereas a lot of times in a film you'll see the woman as the girlfriend or the wife or you know, but this time she is one of the 'Watchmen' and I loved it."
According to the SPLC's report, the Watchmen revel in deliberately provocative actions.
The MPs also promised to support the education of the watchmen's children through their NG-CDF kitties.
'As village heads, you are allowed by law to select, appoint and supervise your watchmen, but you also be held responsible in the conduct of their behavior and duties,' Ano said in Filipino.
Charged were Senior Inspector Cristina Vasquez, Police Officer 2 Nel Songalia, and PO1s Kim Tinbusay, Bryan Nicolas, Julius Livuen, Ariel Uribe, Jave Arellano, Tito Danao, Mark Castillo and Albert Buwag, and barangay watchmen Wilmer Duron, Ernesto Fajardo, and Gilbert Gulpo.
Stressing that barangay watchmen are not authorized to hold firearms,Dela Rosa ordered the police to arrest all tanods who carry guns.
[U.S.A], December 4 ( ANI ): All the superhero buffs know that Damon Lindelof has been adapting critically-acclaimed graphic novel 'Watchmen' for the small screen at HBO for some time now.
Siraj-ul-Haq cleared out that the chief justice would be given Quran in his hands during our government and there will be no need for watchmen during that time.
They demanded of the government either to appoint separate watchmen or exempt them of 24 hours duty.
Since the release of Moore's seminal deconstruction of the superhero genre, others have revisited Watchmen's dystopian setting in the form of a film adaptation, role-playing books, prequel comics, and multiple video games, all built upon the foundation that Moore and Gibbons laid down thirty years ago.