- Mar 3, 2018
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- The Beautiful Pacific Northwest
I'm not trying to be ass, but your comment above would have more weight if you included a hyperlink to the site where you obtained this definition and also, if you used a state law (statute) that spells out how and by whom one can be deputized.Definition of deputizing......'
What does being deputized mean?
'to give (someone) the power to do something in place of another person : to make (someone) a deputy. : to act in place of another person : to act for someone as a deputy.' Thus the police instead of telling people in that neighborhood they would monitor the problem....told them to call Gregory McMichaels.
From what I've reach about this story, individuals in the Neighborhood Watch have more state sanctioned "authority" than this story of someone having deputized the elder McMichael to carry out certain acts under "color of law". In his case he probably would have been screwed either way because he had been stripped of certain of his police powers shortly before opting to retire from law enforcement.
It's generally unlawful to impersonate a police officer and/or to attempt to carry out activities which only law enforcement officers are allowed to do (like detaining someone or attempting to arrest them for a non-felony which was not personally witnessed).