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Mon Jul 13, 2020, 06:18 PM

Advocates seek law change to end citizen arrests in Georgia

Source: Associated Press

Jeff Amy, Associated Press
Updated 1:55 pm CDT, Monday, July 13, 2020


ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights groups called for Georgia lawmakers to repeal the state's 19th-century citizen's arrest law Monday, but some Republican lawmakers voiced concerns that without the law, property owners might not have the authority to detain thieves until police arrive.

The law came under fire after it was initially used as a justification for the white men who shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, near Brunswick in February. The law also factored into the claims last year by a white woman that she was justified in shooting a Black man in Clayton County. In both those cases, additional evidence has dispelled the notions that the shooters could use the law to justify their actions.

Advocates say the law is steeped in racism and slavery, and was used to round up suspected escaped slaves and then as a justification for the lynching of African Americans.

“The broad language of this statute has dangerously allowed for private citizens to take the law into their own hands, which ultimately would always lead to devastating consequences,” state NAACP President James Woodall said. He argued that private citizens are likely more biased against African Americans, and face no scrutiny, unlike police.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/article/Advocates-seek-law-change-to-end-citizen-arrests-15404947.php

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Judi Lynn Jul 13 OP
iluvtennis Jul 13 #1
iemitsu Jul 13 #2
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jul 13, 2020, 06:21 PM

1. In our current racial environment, these citizen arrests should be banned. My opinion only. nt

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Response to iluvtennis (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 13, 2020, 06:23 PM

2. I share your opinion.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jul 13, 2020, 06:36 PM

3. As someone who worked

Secerity this sounds like a bad idea. Citizen arresrts is what gives authority to gurds to detain shoplifters. BTW I live in California so laws may be different.

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Response to crono (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 13, 2020, 07:05 PM

4. Considering how shoplifting enforcement is very uneven it is still a good idea to drop it. . . . nt

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