What Does Posse Comitatus Mean?


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In simple words, posse comitatus can be a group of people assigned to act as police for a temporary use. The word borrows from the Latin phrase meaning "power of the county."

Posse comitatus pertains to a universal rule applicable to all males over 15 years of age, on whom a sheriff could call for help in avoiding any kind of civil unrest or disorder. The idea of posse comitatus owes its origin to an old English law, stemming out of a citizen's habitual responsibility to raise an alarm whenever a crime of magnanimous proportion occurred in a village. The hue and cry raised by one person or more would assemble fellow villagers to help the sheriff in nabbing the criminal. There is no solitary national group for posse comitatus and posse members understand that there is no higher law authority than that of the county sheriff.
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Anonymous commented
good answer..sick of hearing that the posse is a hate group...the posse stands for neighbors that band together if needed to protect our area. at least that's how we see it where I live..I've been proud member of the Posse Comitatus for 20 years..of course the "powers that be" FEAR home rule or anyone that believes in it..We Stand behind our Sheriff..just like they fear the Militia Movement and villified it when it gained support and momentum..wake up America...Our Fed Govt plans on being our master if we let them get away with it..

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