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message 1: by James, Group Founder (new)

James Morcan | 11362 comments A citizen's arrest is an arrest made by a person who is not acting as a sworn law-enforcement official.[1] In common law jurisdictions, the practice dates back to medieval England and the English common law, in which sheriffs encouraged ordinary citizens to help apprehend law breakers.

In the UK: https://www.westminstersecurity.co.uk...

Sadly, these days we cannot always rely on a police presence when a crime is taking place, nor their swift attendance in the event of one. Major budget cuts and redundancies has seen police numbers in London and across the UK slashed. Therefore, an element of vigilantism has been established on our streets – and quite rightly so! With brave members of the public stepping up and taking it upon themselves to confront and apprehend suspected criminals – conducting a ‘Citizens Arrest’.

It is completely legal and possible for a member of the public or security guard to arrest a suspected criminal, by performing a Citizen’s Arrest. But you must be very careful not to act outside of the law, or find yourself being arrested too. What exactly does the law state about this, and how far do your rights extend?

USA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizen...
United States
In the United States a private person may arrest another without a warrant, for a crime occurring in their presence. For which crimes this is permitted may vary state by state.[75]

Most states have codified the common law rule that a warrantless arrest may be made by a private person for a felony, misdemeanor or "breach of peace".[76] "Breach of peace" covers a multitude of violations in which the Supreme Court has even included a misdemeanor seatbelt violation punishable only by a fine. The term historically included theft, "nightwalking", prostitution and playing card and dice games.

Can I arrest a police officer? https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com...


message 3: by Lance, Group Founder (last edited Aug 18, 2018 03:10PM) (new)

Lance Morcan | 2876 comments Perhaps we could put this to the test?

Harry (the Whitewolf) comes to mind.

Other suggestions welcome...


message 4: by Tony (new)

Tony Sunderland | 327 comments Harry (the Whitewolf) comes to mind......


HA! Only if Harry breaks the 10th commandment. 'Thou shalt no be a dick'.


message 5: by James, Group Founder (new)

James Morcan | 11362 comments Tony wrote: "'Thou shalt no be a dick'. "

Poor old Harry. Not only is this pick on Harry day, but now he apparently has pigeon English as well...


message 6: by Tony (new)

Tony Sunderland | 327 comments James wrote: "Tony wrote: "'Thou shalt no be a dick'. "

Poor old Harry. Not only is this pick on Harry day, but now he apparently has pigeon English as well..."


me sorry....


message 7: by Harry (new)

Harry Whitewolf | 1745 comments Who me need arrest?

Five attempts have already been made to arrest Tony Blair for war crimes, with no success... https://www.arrestblair.org/war-crime...


message 8: by James, Group Founder (new)

James Morcan | 11362 comments Harry wrote: "Who me need arrest?

Five attempts have already been made to arrest Tony Blair for war crimes, with no success... https://www.arrestblair.org/war-crime..."


That must be a record amount of citizen's arrest attempts on any one world leader/politician.


message 9: by Harry (new)

Harry Whitewolf | 1745 comments What's the point in having the power of a citizen's arrest if it's exempt from being used on those in power, eh?


message 10: by James, Group Founder (new)

James Morcan | 11362 comments Citizen’s arrest after boys allegedly bash woman on the Gold Coast http://www.mygc.com.au/citizens-arres...


message 11: by James, Group Founder (new)

James Morcan | 11362 comments Imagine if a bunch of people had made a citizens arrest on these police: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oqJi...


message 12: by James, Group Founder (new)

James Morcan | 11362 comments Jordan aware of citizen’s arrest in Israel for communicating with Iran https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/201...

Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday that the Kingdom is aware of the arrest of a Jordanian national in Israel over his alleged communication with Iran. The ministry is following up on the issue through diplomatic channels with the aim of verifying the details, ministry spokesperson Fufian Al-Qudahat added.

Israel’s Shin Bet security agency announced earlier on Thursday that the Iranian intelligence service had recruited 32-year-old Tha’er Sha’afut, a Jordanian citizen originally from Hebron, south of the West Bank.

According to Shin Bet, Sha’afut was arrested on 17 April and the Israeli military prosecution presented an indictment against him on 10 June in the military court in the West Bank. He stands accused of “contact with an enemy country, contact with a hostile organisation, and conspiracy to funnel money from an enemy entity,” reported Haaretz.


message 13: by James, Group Founder (new)

James Morcan | 11362 comments Citizen's power of arrest https://police.act.gov.au/crime/citiz...

What exactly is a citizen's arrest?
A citizen's arrest is when you, as someone who is not a duly sworn police officer, detains a person because you know the other person is committing or has just committed an offence such as a theft, assault or criminal damage.

Factors to consider before making a citizen's arrest
You should never make a citizen's arrest merely on suspicion a person is committing or has just committed an offence. You must carefully consider a number of factors, including:

are you risking your personal safety?
do you have positive identification for the person?
are they a 'regular customer' or known to the store?
do you know where they live?

You must also consider whether the circumstances constitute 'reasonable grounds' for making a citizen's arrest and your basis for forming a belief an offence is or has been committed.

The legislation that defines a citizen's powers of arrest
The legislation that allows you, in appropriate circumstances, to make a citizen's arrest, states:

A person who is NOT a police officer may, without warrant, arrest another person if he or she believes on reasonable grounds that the other person is committing or has just committed an offence.
A person who arrests another person shall, as soon as practicable after the arrest, arrange for the other person, and any property found on the other person, to be delivered into the custody of a police officer.
You are legally required to inform the person why you have detained them, unless the suspect's actions make it impractical to inform them.


message 14: by James, Group Founder (new)

James Morcan | 11362 comments Perth police pursuit ends in dramatic citizen's arrest https://www.9news.com.au/national/per...


message 15: by Lance, Group Founder (new)

Lance Morcan | 2876 comments Dad performs citizen’s arrest on on-the-run paedophile he saw on a bus https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/20/dad-pe...


message 16: by James, Group Founder (new)

James Morcan | 11362 comments Angry Floridians Threaten Citizen's Arrest of Official After Mask Mandate https://www.newsweek.com/angry-florid...


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