Can you handcuff someone without arresting them?

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asked Aug 13, 2019 in Law Enforcement/Police by Bellamynj9 (300 points)
Can you handcuff someone without arresting them?

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answered Aug 13, 2019 by Adf289 (52,000 points)
Yes a police officer can handcuff someone before arresting them and just because someone gets handcuffed or even placed in the back of a police car it doesn't mean they are under arrest or will go to jail.

There was a robbery in a town I was in one night and I actually did match the description pretty closely of the person who robbed the store.

So the police stopped me that night while I was walking and handcuffed me for around 10 minutes until they investigated the situation.

I understood why they did it because I actually was pretty close looking to the robbery suspect and they handcuffed me and did a search on me just to be safe.

I'm glad they did their job correctly and around 20 minutes later after they had let me go they found the correct person.

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