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Citizen Arrests

  • By: John R. Vile
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment
  • Edited by: John R. Vile & David L. Hudson Jr.
  • Subject:American Political History, American Political Thought, Law & Courts

Long before there were formal police departments, cities and towns expected citizens to help in upholding the law. Citizens were expected to respond to a “hue and cry” and seek to apprehend felons, and they were sometimes organized into a posse ...

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