Until about 200 years ago, uniformed police officers and police departments as we know them today didn’t exist in the United States. It was up to the citizens to arrest criminals.

The citizen's arrest law that Ahmaud Arbery's accused killers used in an attempt to justify their deadly violence could play an outsized role in their murder trial.


Eliminating the statute served as an integral moment in restorative justice after lawyers representing the killers of Ahmaud Arbery referenced the law as a reason to avoid pursuing charges.