Can you handcuff someone without arresting them?

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

1 Answer

0 votes
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.

45,501 questions

50,148 answers


2,234,917 users