ATFE: Making the World Safe from Ninjas
The headline says it all: "ATFE Rids University of Ninja Threat".
A Univ. of GA student was attending a pirates vs. ninjas event (I assume a fundraiser), wearing black clothes and with a bandanna over his face. Some ATFE agents, on campus for another event, decided he was suspicion, told him to freeze, and when he ran, tackled him, handcuffed him, and held him for university police ... who of course released him.
Click on the pictures to zoom in. Note how the one agent has the handcuffed student on the ground, with one of the agent's knees on his neck, and what looks like his full body weight on the kid's neck, twisting his head over. I guess they figured that when ninjas are concerned, there is no such thing as excessive force.
Big legal problems for the agents. At least when I was in the govt a decade ago, only FBI and Marshals had general arrest powers (to arrest for any federal offense, anyway). All other agencies had statutory arrest power only over the laws they were created to enforce. Federal fish and wildlife law, in the case of the agency I represented.
I researched the area, and advised that if they arrested for anything else, even tho they had a badge, it was legally a citizen's arrest, and under state law. With all the legal exposure that citizen's arrest carries with it. As in -- there is no probable cause defense to suit. The guy had better be guilty, because if he wasn't, you're pretty much liable as a matter of law, no matter how good a reason you had to think he committed an offense.