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Saturday 25th October 2014
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Can You Citizens' Arrest A Police Officer?

Question

Is it possible for a person to commit a citizen's arrest against a police officer?
Saheed, Cambridge

 

Answer

 

** Definitive **
Name: Alex, Richmond
Qualification: Ex-policeman
Answer: A person can arrest any other person committing what they call an arrestable offence. But only a police officer can arrest someone on reasonable suspicion of an arrestable offence. If he doesn't see it, but thinks someone did it, then they can arrest them. If you see a police officer do something illegal, you can arrest them. But you'd be taking your life into your own hands as the chances are, the policeman would have a professional explanation for what happened.



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