Publicado: 11-16-2012 06:59 PM
At noon on Wednesday, Keith Kirk, a homeless man, took an expensive bicycle from outside a One Stop Food Mart in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Yet the bike’s owner, Calvin McDougal of Lauderhill, was watching his property closely. While waiting in line, he noticed it was no longer where he left it. So he left the store to apprehend the thief. According to police reports, McDougal pursued and tackled Kirk. This led to a fight which left Kirk with two black eyes, one which is swollen shut, and several cuts, one requiring stitches. Florida law states that if there is reasonable suspicion that a felony has been committed, a citizen's arrest can be made and the suspect detained until police arrive. Yet a citizen’s arrest is subject to the same laws as any police arrest. What might be deemed as excessive force, for example, cannot be used. The authorities have made their decision on whether excessive force was carried out in this case. Detective DeAnna Garcia told the Sun Sentinel that 'Mr McDougal was a victim making a citizen's arrest and was not arrested.'