Security guards making arrests? WTF?

Mall Ninjas can make arrests?

We are so screwed.

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6 Responses to Security guards making arrests? WTF?

  1. Borepatch says:

    *You* can arrest someone. No big surprise here.

  2. Peter says:

    You (and I) sure can, Alan. It’s called Citizen’s Arrest. It’s more restricted than the arrest power a police officer has (you have to actually witness the crime, for instance), but Yes We Can.

    That’s the basis of why cops are termed Public Servants instead of State Servants.

  3. Tam says:

    I wanna see the tactical golf cart/paddy wagon…

  4. Kristopher says:

    Some mall ninjas are also real cops. Bigger malls will incorporate as a city with one resident, the corp’s legal person.

    Then they hire a police force for their “town”.

    And most states have laws allowing shopkeepers ( and their reps, the mall ninjas ) to detain people they suspect are shoplifting.

    ( note: if you are detained by a shopkeeper and feel he is in error, proper procedure is to surrender, and demand the shopkeeper call the police immediately if he refuses, call them yourself. Then get a lawyer. )

  5. Sam Adams says:

    It’s just a citizen’s arrest – all security guards have that as an option – but it opens up the guard and his employer to civil and criminal charges. (My 2 cents.)))

  6. LawDog says:

    In Texas, the rules for arrest are covered in article 14.01 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, thus:

    “Art. 14.01. OFFENSE WITHIN VIEW. (a) A peace officer or any other person, may, without a warrant, arrest an offender when the offense is committed in his presence or within his view, if the offense is one classed as a felony or as an offense against the public peace.”

    Emphasis mine.

    In short, anyone who sees a felony or misdemeanor breach of the peace may arrest the person committing such.

    I would imagine that the state mentioned in your link has a similar statute.

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