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Senator Steve Roberts files bill to limit Missouri’s citizen’s arrest laws

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2022 | Firm News |

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After the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man gunned down by three white men claiming they were making a citizen’s arrest, Georgia repealed its Civil War-era law. Now Missouri lawmakers have a chance to add restrictions to its own citizen’s arrest law that allows a private person to detain someone they suspect had committed a felony. Conceivably, a Missouri citizen carrying a gun could shoot first and then tell police they thought their victim was going to rob someone. Missouri Sen. Steven Roberts, a Democrat from St. Louis, has drafted legislation that would limit citizen’s arrests to merchants seeking to stop a shoplifter…

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