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can a Citizen do an arrest?

pierre_pierre
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Registered: 30-07-2007

can a Citizen do an arrest?

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Community Veteran
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Registered: 11-08-2007

Re: can a Citizen do an arrest?

yes.
what they did, according to the report, went beyond the limits set for a citizen to make an arrest.  the placard around his neck indicates a pre-judgement of the case.  that is wrong.  their better course was to have restrained the man and called the police to the premises he was being held in.
in reality, citizen's arrest is fraught with danger for the citizen.  if the arrestee is bigger than the arrester and resists, the citizen may not use even reasonable force to restrain as that constitutes assault.  the optimum course is to call the fuzz and pass the buck.
nadger
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Re: can a Citizen do an arrest?

Much as one can sympathise with the boss his actions were definitely over the top.
As artificer says a citizens arrest is fraught with danger and I've always understood that one has to call the police and await their arrival.
VileReynard
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Re: can a Citizen do an arrest?

Can't blame the arrestee for wanting a bit of revenge...  Cheesy