According to Illinois state law, residents without a badge can perform a “citizen’s arrest” of a suspect, provided they have proable cause in several instances, but not all.
Video footage of an onlooker intervening in an arrest attempt in downtown Chicago recently went viral, and it has sparked a growing number of heated debates about that very notion.
The incident occurred over the weekend during a police chase on Michigan Avenue.
The suspect, a Black man dressed in all black, could be seen sliding across the screen before he gets back on his feet, quickly dusts himself off, and attempts to run away from the police officers who are in hot pursuit.
That’s when the bystander, a White male dressed in a pink top and khakis, comes out of nowhere and shoves the suspect from behind, sending him crashing down into a streetlight on the sidewalk, face first.
The bystander’s action directly influenced the outcome of the arrest, as he clearly touched both a cop and the suspect.
Now that the video has been reposted numerous times on various social media platforms, several users in the comment sections have heralded the actions of the bystander, labeling him a “good samaritan,” while others have suggested that he only made matters worse by endangering the health of another man instead of minding his own business.
The police chase allegedly stems from a carjacking attempt, where the suspect reportedly had a gun on him. In this instance, it is worthy to note that Chicago recently passed a new law that stipulations their police officers can no longer chase down suspects unless they have reasonable grounds to do so.
Information about the arrests, the assailant, and the victims are scarce. Scroll up to watch the controversial video involving the cops, a suspect, and a bystander.
Watch the video below:
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