I'm writing this because people have no clue how this works, or how it's supposed to work. When I was in my early 20's I worked mall security and we were one of the only properties, in this area, that was authorized, by property management, to detain people. If someone was breaking a mall rule, our policy was to tell them 3 times to leave property, if they didn't they got thrown on the ground, handcuffed and detained. I hear these people all the time "If security ever touched me, i'd sue na na na.." We mostly detained kids and had their parents pick them up. In the 2 years I worked there we only had one lawsuit against security. --------------------------------------------- CITIZEN ARREST: Any citizen has the ability to detain a person committing a crime. Of course, there are risks. 1) The criminal might kill you 2) If there was no other witnesses the criminal might accuse the citizen of being the criminal, then law enforcement and the courts have to try to figure out what happened. To help end confusion most towns pay citizens to be impartial witnesses, AKA police departments. Citizens don't lose rights, police do not become superior. SECURITY: Any time you enter private property , you are trespassing any time an owner or property representative says you're trespassing. Technically, if you're not buying something, you're trespassing. Security officers can detain you under citizen arrest, and write tickets if authorized by the state. States issue "powers of arrest" training and certifications, but a citizen already hold the ability to detain. POLICE: In America, the only thing a police officer is, is a paid witness. That's it. No greater than a citizen. A police officer can not bark out orders like its the law. (people should respect, but legally don't have to) This crap about everyone has to do what the police say, ...telling a lie to a police officer is perjury, ...you can't have a gun you have to call the police... is all Socialist influenced BS. The police officer's job is to basically detain suspected law breakers to court, and tell them what they saw. It's the job of citizens in a jury to decide their fate, not the government.