"Citizen's Arrest"?

"Citizen's Arrest"?

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    "Citizen's Arrest"?

    Mods - please move if in the wrong forum.

    I hear this bantered about from time to time.

    a. Is there really such a thing?
    b. Guessing it's state by state.
    c. How is it used?
    d. What are its basic limits?

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    It exists in every state but North Carolina.

    I ain't participating.
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    Try this........................

    Citizen's arrest - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Nuts to that. It's not my job to make arrests. I'll leave it to the professionals.

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    Best place to gain experience in "citizen arrest" is an urban housing project cleaning up the gang/drug problem. Let me know how it works out.
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    Knowing the law regarding "citizens arrest" is an important aspect to being responsible with regard to carrying. Primarily, so that you know where the line is in your state and so you don't cross it!

    Just my opinion but I don't believe there is ANY reason for you to ever need to place anyone "under arrest".

    Oh yeah, I'd NEVER carry or use handcuffs either!
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    I think its one of those things like the perfect 60/40 or 70/30 grip. often talked about and debated, but when the SHTF, you won't be too worried about the specifics.

    I think if you in line at your 7-11 and the guy in front of you robs the place, and you feel the need to throw him to the ground, and sit on him till the cops get there, I honestly doubt the cops will be worried if you performed a proper citizen's arrest or not. But IMHO, I'm just getting out of the way and staying safe. They have insurance on their money for just that reason. I can't think of a time that risking my life to perform a citizen's arrest would be better than trying to stay calm and doing my best to be a good witness.

    just my $.02

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    Yup don't do it in NC. With my luck they would let the bad guy go and arrest me.
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    We detained someone that broke into my brothers car, cops told us good job!

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    Detaining is one thing, arresting is another.
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    Here's Gomer Pyle doing a "citi-zin's arrest" on Barney Fife!

    YouTube - Citizens Arrest

    Leave the arresting to the police.

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    NC has Citizens detention under VERY specific circumstances.

    G.S. 15A-404 Detention of offenders by private persons.

    (a) No Arrest; Detention Permitted. - No private person may arrest another person except as provided in G.S. 15A-405 [assisting law enforcement officers in making an arrest.] A private person may detain another person as provided in this section.

    (b) When Detention Permitted. - A private person may detain another person when he has probable cause to believe that the person detained has committed in his presence:

    (1) A felony,

    (2) A breach of the peace,

    (3) A crime involving physical injury to another person, or

    (4) A crime involving theft or destruction of property.

    (c) Manner of Detention. - The detention must be in a reasonable manner considering the offense involved and the circumstances of the detention.

    (d) Period of Detention. - The detention may be no longer than the time required for the earliest of the following:

    (1) The determination that no offense has been committed.

    (2) Surrender of the person detained to a law enforcement officer as provided in subsection (e).

    (e) Surrender to Officer. - A private person who detains another must immediately notify a law enforcement officer and must, unless he releases the person earlier as required by subsection (d), surrender the person detained to the law enforcement officer.

    More here.

    North Carolina General Statutes - Legal Commentary - April 1997

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