Assisting Law Enforcement

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  1. GeorgiaGlocker

    GeorgiaGlocker Philippians 4: 6-7

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    I just saw a story on the news where a security guard refused to help a LEO who asked for help in subduing a suspect. Instead of helping, she decided to video the encounter on her phone. She was later fired for not assisting. The reporter went on to say that Texas law requires citizens to assist and officer if asked.

    What does your state law say?
     
  2. deputy tom

    deputy tom Gringo Viejo

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    Here's a link...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refusing_to_assist_a_police_officer#Pennsylvania

    tom.
     
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  3. PaLEOjd

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    State law should not matter. Anybody refusing to help a LEO in need is a **** bag!
     
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    I believe in Nevada it's a misdemeanor.
     
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  6. GeorgiaGlocker

    GeorgiaGlocker Philippians 4: 6-7

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    I don't think our state law requires it.

    There may even be a clause in there about "snitches gets stitches" :)
     
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    In Florida, you are required to assist, any law enforcement officer, irrespective of being asked.
     
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  9. G30SF/F-250

    G30SF/F-250 Pinky Out Platinum Member

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    I always assist by pulling over in a safe place.
     
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  10. Binge&Purge

    Binge&Purge Making B&P Great Again

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    In my state you have to move over, and\or slow down.
     
  11. Bruce M

    Bruce M

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    You don't happen to have a statute for that (or if by chance it is 843.06 anything suggesting "being required in the name of the state" does not require some sort of request/demand?)
     
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    In my state you are required to assist if asked
     
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  13. Haldor

    Haldor Formerly retired EE.

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    Would you be covered by insurance if there is a bad outcome (somebody dies)?

    If not then it unethical to fire an employee for following their rules.

    As a private citizen, I would be honoured to help if I can. Firing someone for not risking injury or death when they got no skin in the fight? Not right.
     
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  14. Haldor

    Haldor Formerly retired EE.

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    In Arizona, refusing to assist in an arrest is a class one misdemeanor.

    Shield law against a liability suit, but there is a reasonable behavior provisio, which means you can still be sued.
     
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    MB-G26 Ornery & Irreverent Lifetime Member

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    A.R.S. § 13-2403 ... Class I Misd.

    https://www.azleg.gov/viewdocument/?docName=https://www.azleg.gov/ars/13/02403.htm

    Doesn't exactly address the potential variables, but I don't feel like scouring around for other stuff, A.A.C, city ordinances, etc.
     
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  16. clancy

    clancy Oh, for a muse of fire

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    I've seen your truck...
     
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  17. Walter Bishop

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    I'm torn about this because the security guard might not have legal authority to physically detain someone, surely doesn't have liability protection in statute like a police officer performing official duties and if it goes bad the guard's employer will fire them for violating company policy to only observe.
     
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    nvm, beaten by Tom.

    His link has the answer to ALL States, not just Pennsylvania.
     
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    Ronaldo Ancient Member Millennium Member

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    Years ago when I was still full of piss and vinegar I had a cop sargent buddy who I'd ride with sometimes. This was well before the carry laws were passed and all. He told me he had three rules I had to follow:
    1: Stay by the car at all times
    2: If things got shaky, id as ridealong, radio that officer needs assistance
    3: Jump in and get some, and plenty of it

    Fourth rule (unwritten) was that if shots fired, grab the shotgun and go to work.

    Fortunately, other that tussling with belligerent drunks, nothing bad ever happened. I was seriously interested in going into police work at that time but mi esposa forbade it.

    Ronaldo
     
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    I saw a video clip of this on the evening news. A cop and I think a bystander had a black youth (?) on the ground trying to get control and maybe cuff him. The black female security guard in uniform is standing behind them freakin videoing it with her damn phone. Looked like she was hoping for a violent outcome so she could run to the media and get paid for her video of police abusing a poor unarmed youth. Not helping is one thing, filming for fame is a whole other level of scum bagness.
     
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