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    Default Citizens' arrest applauded in taxi driver death case

    ABC August 9, 2006.

    Homicide detectives have praised people who conducted a citizens' arrest on a man police believe assaulted a taxi driver at Donvale in Melbourne's east.
    Police say the man commandeered the taxi about 8:30pm AEST yesterday in Springvale Road.
    Shortly afterwards he is alleged to have attacked the driver before throwing him out of the car.
    The 27-year-old driver died early this morning in the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
    A 20-year-old man is being interviewed by homicide squad detectives.
    Detective Senior Sergeant Jeff Maher says he has great admiration for the citizens' arrest.
    "I would say they should be commended for what they did and obviously quick thinking and a bit of community spirit," he said.
    "They got involved in something they saw, quick action and grabbed the offender."

    Pity that constraining alleged criminals has so many hurdles thrown at anybody who conducts citizens' arrest.

    Luckily this slowly changes.

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    Fairly quiet on the topic, but did you know that citizen arrest is fairly complex issue and borders on kidnapping, depravation of liberty and if alleged offender does not cooperate and is touched, there are problems with this too?

    Obviously, as it is now the best thing is to look the other way and do nothing, disappointing really.

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    It's all down here as to what should be done: http://www.afp.gov.au/act/victims/ci...wers_of_arrest

    What happens if it all goes pear shaped? The person may decide to hit you and you end up fighting on the ground and he's seriously injured or you are.

    In one incident a man went to the aid of a woman who was being beaten by a man. He hit the man breaking his jaw, next thing, the womans on his back attacking him. If it wasn't for an independant witness he would have been in serious trouble, as the woman testified against him, not the man who was attacking her. The man, he was her husband.

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    One of the paragraphs of mentioned site has this:

    Points to remember
     if in doubt, do nothing

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