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View Diary: Walmart Employees Kill Another Alleged Shoplifter (256 comments)

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  •  Case law makes it very clear (0+ / 0-)

    That these incidents are not legal. There is a reason Walmart loses these lawsuits. The cost of losing false arrest, assault, etc. cases is part of the reason other retailers don't have the same policy.

    Try google. It's your friend.

    •  You're confusing issues (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, using excessive force is not legal.  And that is a legal and factual determination to be made by the court.  However, you made a different claim.  Shopkeepers have a right to detain shoplifters.  And citizens have a right to detain someone fleeing a crime.  Your lazy "try google" response shows the depth of your knowledge on this subject.  

      •  I'm not confusing issues (1+ / 0-)
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        happy camper

        I was using descriptive plain language in a discussion forum on a web site, not arguing a court case.

        The point is that Walmart employees frequently use excessive force in their attempts to detain people (which is why they have such an alarming death rate), and in the beginning of this thread, the implication was that tackling a woman on pavement was an acceptable way to detain her, despite the risk of serious harm. It was not. If the woman took the store to court, the store would find out how much losing an assault case costs (hint: more than any volume of clothing she may have tucked into her coat).

        A store may attempt to detain someone using reasonable force. If, however, reasonable force doesn't work, they can't legally escalate the level of force beyond that point. Period.

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