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Anybody not know who Robert Peel is? You might call him the father of the modern police force, who said their mission was to "take thieves."

Interesting quote from him:

"The police are the public, and the public are the police. The police are only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to the duties that are incumbent upon every citizen in the interest of community welfare and existence."
Sir Robert Peel - 1829
 

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From Long v. State, 12 Ga. 293 (1852):

It [was not only the right but] the duty of a private person, who [was] present when a felony [was] committed, to apprehend the felon···; and, after a felony [was] committed, any private person [could] arrest the felon with the same view, upon reasonable and probable ground of suspicion of his guilt.
 

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MP, I bet that Long decision wouldn't hold up today.
 

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The brackets are in a modern case quoting it. I did not add them.
 

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This year, in fact. Adams v. Carlisle, 278 Ga.App. 777, 630 S.E.2d 529 (2006). Your college library has it, I am sure.

Also, OCGA § 17-4-60 codifies Georgia's law on arrests made by private citizens. It provides, "A private person may arrest an offender if the offense is committed in his presence or within his immediate knowledge. If the offense is a felony and the offender is escaping or attempting to escape, a private person may arrest him upon reasonable and probable grounds of suspicion.â€

The first sentence is grounds for a misdemeanor arrest while the second is felonies.

Here is a police officer's power of arrest: "An arrest for a crime may be made by a law enforcement officer either under a warrant or without a warrant if the offense is committed in such officer's presence or within such officer's immediate knowledge; if the offender is endeavoring to escape . . ." I left off the domestic violence stuff.

Doesn't look much different, does it?

Of course, officers get immunity - the rest of us do not, so you better turn out to be right.
 

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Read the half dozen posts above (sorry for the crappy formatting. They were all formatted properly under older platforms in 2006). This is all about to become archaic history.
 

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However, police said that the man didn't get far.

Several "nearby citizens" confronted him as he was leaving, according to police, and at least one of them was armed. Police said at some point during the confrontation, one of those citizens fired several shots, then chased after the man, holding him until police got there.

Police said they recovered the suspect's weapon, and charges are pending against him. Meanwhile, police said the armed citizen does not face any charges.


They literally just voted to criminalize what these good people did.
 
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