citizen's arrest


Definition of citizen's arrest

: an arrest made not by a law officer but by a citizen who derives authority from the fact of being a citizen

Examples of citizen's arrest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fox's lawyer argued that the citizen's arrest comment showed that Fox wasn't really up for kidnapping the government, but instead suggested an alternative. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2022 Prosecutors argued the pursuers acted on rumors and had no immediate knowledge Arbery had committed a crime, which is required to claim a citizen's arrest. Pamela Kirkland, CNN, 16 Feb. 2022 Dunikoski says the defendants had no right to make a citizen's arrest. CBS News, 27 Nov. 2021 The killing played a critical role in Georgia's push to pass a hate crime bill into law and the overhaul of the state's citizen's arrest law. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 6 Mar. 2022 The potential loosening of restrictions feels like a setback for gun safety advocates who saw Georgia's repeal last year of a citizen's arrest law predating the Civil War as a step forward in the wake of Arbery's death. NBC News, 26 Feb. 2022 The property owner attempted a citizen's arrest for trespassing and informed police of the incident, according to the Daily Mail and The Sun. Stephanie Wenger,, 24 Feb. 2022 Defense attorneys in the state trial contended the McMichaels, suspecting Arbery of burglary, pursued him through neighborhood streets to conduct a citizen's arrest. Pamela Kirkland, CNN, 16 Feb. 2022 The defense had sought to convince the jury that the McMichaels and Bryan were trying to execute a citizen's arrest, which was legal at the time in the state. NBC News, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of citizen's arrest

1940, in the meaning defined above

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21 Apr 2022

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“Citizen's arrest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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Legal Definition of citizen's arrest

— see arrest


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