Making a citizen's arrest can be extremely dangerous, sheriff says

Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers says making a citizen's arrest is legal but can be complicated.

Posted on Feb. 28, 2014 at 10:14 p.m.

If you witness a crime, it might be a better idea to call 911 and share what you saw rather than make a citizen's arrest, Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers says.

Making a citizen's arrest is legal, but the sheriff added it should only be done by a citizen who knows the law and is fully capable of restraining another person.

"(It) can be extremely dangerous and is not recommended unless you have the abilities, training and the intestinal fortitude to intervene," Rogers said in a recent Citizen's Observer alert.

Laws regarding citizen's arrest include the circumstances in which citizens can legally arrest other citizens and how to use force properly and legally, avoiding any undue liability by the citizen.

"The removal of someone's freedom improperly can cause you serious legal headaches," Rogers said.

Check out his full explanation of the laws in the latest Citizen's Observer alert.

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