Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MeanMesa Authorizes Citizens Arrest Warrant for 18 Mayors

Citizens Arrest?  Mayors?

Yes.  Over the last weekend (November 10 - 15, 2011) the commercial media has presented visible evidence that mayors of 18 US cities have willfully and knowingly conspired with unknown parties to deny Occupy protesters the rights of citizens protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution.

Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression.
Ratified 12/15/1791. 
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In case the "redress" part is puzzling anyone, 

Redress
redress v. 1. To set right, remedy or rectify. 2. To make amends for. n. 1. Satisfaction for wrong done; reparation. 2. Correction.

Of course, there is little to be gained by actually detaining the criminal mayors.  And, there are specific limitations on the act of making a citizens arrest.  (Read the whole article here.)

The citizen’s arrest has an aura of mystique and urban legend. The phrase may conjure up images of cowboys in the Wild West taking the law into their own hands. In fact, most people today, lawyers included, don’t have the first clue about the law surrounding the citizen’s arrest.

The law of citizen’s arrest defines the enforcement of criminal law by citizens not acting in an official law enforcement capacity. The citizen’s arrest has always been a pragmatic necessity; law enforcement agents cannot be everywhere all the time and society relies on the aid of private citizens for crime prevention. The law of citizen’s arrest provides those individuals who take it upon themselves to issue a  citizen’s arrest with protection from civil and criminal prosecution– but there are limitations to this protection.


In the United States, the law of citizen’s arrest varies, sometimes significantly, from state to state as it is governed by state law. While nearly all jurisdictions have adopted a statutory provision for the law, a few states (such as Florida and New Mexico) continue to rely on common law.


In all states, save North Carolina, a private citizen has the right to arrest someone who has committed a felony in his presence. In some states, the citizen only needs a reasonable belief that a felony has been committed to conduct a citizen’s arrest. Additionally, in some states, when the citizen witnesses a misdemeanor that constitutes a breach of the peace, he can also make an arrest. 

A number of states have carved out additional scenarios in which a citizen’s arrest is allowable, including shoplifting, trespassing, and disorderly conduct.


Just as the circumstances under which a citizen’s arrest is permitted varies from state to state, so does the proper procedure for carrying out such an arrest. Generally, the arresting citizen must notify the suspect that he is being arrested and the reason for the arrest. The arresting citizen must also use only a reasonable amount of force to apprehend the suspect.

However, after watching credible visual evidence of this week end's police actions, executed on the direct orders of the mayors to violate Constitutional rights of peaceful, unarmed citizens exercising their lawful rights of assembly for the purpose of the redress of grievances, failure to take quick remedial action would be inexcusable.

Additional citizens arrests should be made on police officers who are complicit in the illegal acts of the mayors.  Presumably, these officers, after being placed under citizens arrest, would be grateful for the intervention of citizens to prevent them from committing further Un-Constitutional, criminal acts.

Other Citizens Arrests

While we're at it, two more notable names emerge, also requiring citizens arrest.

Alleged Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Thomas were the dinner guests of the law firm representing the parties desiring to argue the Un-Constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Law before the Supreme Court.  This event occurred on the night before the Supreme Court decided to hear the case.

Both should be placed under citizens arrest.  The morning after these arrests, we will all notice that the air over the United States smells better, that is,

more Constitutional.

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