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Old November 26, 2012, 11:42 PM   #19
jmortimer
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As a practical matter the difference between arrest and detention is that arrest is done under color of law. A citizen's arrest is authorized in some/most states, but I believe if you witness a crime, you can either detain or arrest in all states.
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