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Food Court Team 6 kills shoplifter

Looks like Wal-Mart security may have killed a shoplifter. I don’t that retailers can forcefully detain someone. And, in most places, deadly force to protect property is a no go.

6 Responses to “Food Court Team 6 kills shoplifter”

  1. Paul Clavet Says:

    In TN, shopkeepers have the right to use reasonable force to apprehend and detain shoplifters. Deadly force is a no-no, but fights are dangerous things. People die in them sometimes.

  2. Azul Says:

    I work loss prevention at a major retailer. Policy dictates that we only use standing restraint positions during an apprehension and to disengage if it ever goes to the ground to avoid this sort of thing.

  3. Jake Says:

    There are so many possibilities, and so little information, that speculation is pointless. It could be anything from “they beat him to death” to “he died from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect while he was running, and the blood is from the impact when his already dead body faceplanted”.

  4. Phelps Says:

    Sounds like they broke his skull in the fight. Of course, that didn’t happen because you don’t need a gun to defend yourself from a fistfight, as the hoplophobes constantly remind us.

  5. xpo172 Says:

    Theft in the nighttime is a shootin’ offense here in Texas. Well technically. Wouldn’t ever want to go to court on that.

  6. Kristophr Says:

    In most jurisdictions, a merchant can use reasonable force to detain a shoplifter.

    However, a merchant does this at his peril, since he does not have sovereign immunity, and can be sued for false arrest if no crime has happened or can be proved.

    If a merchant accuses you of shoplifting and wants to detain you, do as he says, but demand he call the police. If he does not, call them yourself.