citizen's arrest(redirected from Civilian arrest)
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Related to Civilian arrest: Miranda rights, breach of the peace, felony, nightwalking, Indictable offence
1. An arrest made by a person other than a law enforcement officer for a crime committed in the presence of that person.
2. An arrest made by a person who is not a law enforcement officer but who makes the arrest under the authorization of a law enforcement officer.
(Law) an arrest carried out by an ordinary member of the public rather than an officer of the law
an arrest made by a private citizen whose authority derives from the fact of citizenship.