Interesting Article on Civil Unrest


Apprehension and Detention Operations

During civil disturbances many people engage in unlawful behavior. The control force may be called upon to take into custody crowd members who have broken the law. Apprehension and detention operations are conducted to halt illegal acts and to deter future disorders. All apprehensions are made by the civil police force unless it is not possible for them to do so. If it becomes necessary for a military control force to apprehend or temporarily detain such lawbreakers, the offenders are turned over to the civil authorities at the earliest possible moment. Apprehension is justified only for a person who breaks the law. The person must be known to have committed an illegal act, or there must be “probable cause” to believe he or she has done so. When possible, the military limits its concerns to serious offenses involving injury or death…

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