New MSNBC Article!
In my latest MSNBC column, I discuss the tragic killing of Ahmaud Arbery, and the racist roots of citizen’s arrest laws. Follow the link below to read more.
“Citizen’s arrest laws have their roots in the European practice of private arrests, where citizens could detain someone they witnessed committing a crime. In Colonial America — before the establishment of police forces — they were a method of maintaining peace and safety. However, the spread of these laws in America coincided with the rise of slave patrols. Like the growth of law enforcement in the United States, we should not view citizen’s arrests as race neutral.”
Click here to read the article on MSNBC.