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Hue and Cry

  • 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

Prior to the development of sophisticated police forces, communities often relied upon an alarm, called hue and cry, to mobilize citizens to find individuals who had committed felonies. Fourth Amendment historian William Cuddihy observed that hue and cry was “the method ...

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