Kingfisher said:I think you should review the law ... or you will end up like that guy in Chinatown who protected his shop from a shoplifting drug adict ... he was charged with assault and forceable confinement. Again we are no Texas.
I think the issue with the guy in chinatown was that the perp wasn't actually caught in the act, he'd committed the crime earlier that week. If you're standing right there and someone goes to vandalize your property you can stop them. I think the shopkeeper also detained the perp in the back of a vehicle for hours, as opposed to taking him directly to the police station.
To use the same example I used on "the other board": I had a new honda civic and it was parked in front of my parent's house. I looked out the window and saw some punks sitting on the hood. I opened the door and told them to get the fuck off my car....then thought, ok, so now they'll come back and key it. I called the police and asked them, what, if anything I can do if I caught them. The sargent said to me: well, you can stop them obviously, but if they try to run you can catch them and detain them thereby effecting a citizen's arrest. Don't break their legs or anything but do within reason what needs to be done".