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Citizen’s arrest laws aren’t cut and dry. Here’s what to know

The shooting death of a Georgia man has thrust a complicated and often misunderstood legal tenet into the spotlight. The concept of “citizen’s arrest” is a common cultural trope, but it’s also at the center of the case of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was shot and killed after a pair of men pursued him with the alleged intent of making such an arrest.

The shooting death of a Georgia man has thrust a complicated and often misunderstood legal tenet into the spotlight. The concept of “citizen’s arrest” is a common cultural trope, but it’s also at the center of the case of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was shot and killed after a pair of men pursued him with the alleged intent of making such an arrest.

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