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Sponsors: Reps. Henderson-Myers, Alexander, Anderson, Bamberg, Brawley, Clyburn, Dillard, Garvin, Gilliard, Govan, Henegan, Hosey, Howard, J. Moore, Jefferson, J.L. Johnson, K.O. Johnson, King, Matthews, McDaniel, Murray, Parks, Pendarvis, Rivers, Robinson, Rutherford, Tedder, Thigpen, Weeks, R. Williams and S. Williams
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 3021
Introduced in the House on January 12, 2021
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Citizen's arrest
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/9/2020 House Prefiled 12/9/2020 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/12/2021 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 192) 1/12/2021 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 192)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND SECTION 16-17-720, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE OFFENSE OF IMPERSONATING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, SO AS TO REMOVE THE EXCEPTION FOR A CITIZEN'S ARREST; AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 17-13-10 AND 17-13-20 BOTH RELATING TO CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH A CITIZEN MAY MAKE AN ARREST.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 16-17-720 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 16-17-720. It
shall be is unlawful for any person other than a duly authorized law enforcement officer to represent to any person that he is a law enforcement officer and, acting upon such representation, to arrest or detain any person, search any building or automobile or in any way impersonate a law enforcement officer or act in accordance with the authority commonly given to such officers. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a private citizen from making a citizen's arrest in accordance with the laws of this State.
violating who violates the provisions of this section shall be deemed is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall must be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than one year."
SECTION 2. Sections 17-13-10 and 17-13-20 of the 1976 Code are repealed.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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