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Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K, for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning. Franz Kafka, The Trial p1
‘But what for?’ he asked. ‘We are not authorized to tell you that. Go to your room and wait there. Proceedings have been instituted against you, and you will be informed of everything in due course.’ ibid. p3
The Inspector flung the matchbox down on the table. ‘You are labouring under a great delusion,’ he said. ‘These gentlemen here and myself have no standing whatever in this affair of yours, indeed we know hardly anything about it. We might wear the most official uniforms and your case would not be a penny the worse. I can’t even confirm that you are charged with an offence, or rather I don't know whether you are. You are under arrest, certainly, more than that I do not know.’ ibid. p10
Who Breaks A Butterfly On A Wheel? The Times, leader 1st June 1967, re arrest of Mick Jagger for cannabis possession
You’re under arrest for multiple counts of murder. You have the right to not much at all, really. Do you have anything to say in your defense? Derek Landy, Mortal Coil
He sipped at a weak hock and seltzer
As he gazed at the London skies
Through the Nottingham lace of the curtains
Or was it his bees-wing eyes? ...
He rose and he put down The Yellow Book.
He staggered O – and, terrible-eyed,
He brushed past the palms on the staircase
And was helped to a hansom outside. John Betjeman 1906-1984, English poet, The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel, 1937
You can’t arrest me. I’m a rock star. Sid Vicious
All right, Popeye’s here. Put your hands on your heads, get off the bar, get on the wall. The French Connection 1971 starring Gene Hackman & Fernando Rey & Roy Scheider & Tony Lo Bianco & Maecel Bozzuffi & Frederic de Pasquale & Bill Hickman & Ann Rebbot & Harold Gary & Arlene Farber & Eddie Egan et al, director William Friedkin
They [The Spice Girls] must be arrested immediately. Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad
During the period of house arrest, I had an electronic manacle around my leg for 24 hours a day, and for someone who has tried to give others liberty all their adult life, that is absolutely intolerable. Julian Assange
‘By the way, Doctor, I shall want your cooperation.’
‘I shall be delighted.’
‘You don't mind breaking the law?’
‘Not in the least.’
‘Nor running a chance of arrest?’
‘Not in a good cause.’
‘Oh, the cause is excellent!’
‘Then I am your man.’
‘I was sure that I might rely on you.’ Arthur Conan Doyle, A Scandal in Bohemia
Well I did hear a rumour that the Statue of Liberty has been brought in for questioning. She may be with Al Qaeda. Alex Jones, Terrorstorm
It was always at night – the arrests invariably happened at night. The sudden jerk out of sleep, the round hand shaking your shoulder, the lights glaring in your eyes, the ring of hard faces round the bed. In the vast majority of cases there was no trial, no report in the press. People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. George Orwell, 1984
Nobody’s ever been arrested for a murder; they have only ever been arrested for not planning it properly. Terry Hayes, I Am Pilgrim
I had Martin explain to me three times what he got arrested for because it sounds an awful lot like what I do here every day. The Office US s3e9: The Convict, Kevin
Most commonly people are arrested for sharing or liking images of their friends and loved ones who are killed by Israeli forces. Abby Martin, The Empire Files: Silencing Palestine: Prison & Repression, 2017
Officer Bryan Richter’s dashcam 15th June 2015: ‘No! Why are you touching me?’ … ‘Why are you doing this to me?’ … ‘Why are my hands so high?’ … ‘Ouch!’ … ‘Oh my God!’ … Traffic Stop, 2017
An Austin police officer who received a reprimand for his violent arrest of a teacher in 2015 was fired Monday after officials said he used excessive force on a suspect.
Officer Bryan Richter lost his job stemming from an incident in which Richter and other officers were serving a warrant as part of a special team in the department’s organized crime division … Statesman online report 22nd January 2018 ‘Officer in Breaion King case fired amid new force complaint’
In 2016, KXAN uncovered more video of Richter using force against people he arrested. Records obtained by KXAN show Richter has charged 34 people with resisting arrest (as of October 2016), more than any other APD officer in the past decade. In each of those cases, his superiors decided he did not use excessive force. KXAN online report 22nd January 2018, ‘Two APD officers fired for lying about using force during arrest, chief says’
Harvey just called from the 18th precinct. He’s got arrested. For buying heroin. Ray Donovan s5e8: Horses, Lena, Showtime 2017
Ray’s been nicked. I don’t know the full details yet. Vinny’s gone to find out. He’s gonna phone ya later. Something about helping an escaped prisoner or something. Fox XIII: The Family … and the Future, Kenny, ITV 1980
I’m in the US where bounty hunters hunt down and capture fugitives who skip bail. Bounty hunters are unregulated operators, part of the $14 billion bail industry, that loans people money to get out of jail. The people they go after are the poorest of society. They don’t have money to bail themselves out. In America justice and making money go hand in hand. Stacey Dooley: Face to Face with the Bounty Hunters, BBC 2019
They will charge you 10-15% … They sell their services using anything. ibid.
In the UK we don’t put up money to get out of jail. All of the bounty hunters who work for Robert have completed Scott’s training – the bounty hunter’s boot camp. ibid.
In 17 states no training is required at all. ibid.
The confession was king and police were a law unto themselves. Catching Britain’s Killers: The Crimes that Changed Us III ***** introduction, BBC 2019
A miscarriage of justice so shocking it exposes the dark secrets of the police interrogation room and transforms the rights of us all. ibid.
‘Establishing time of death is terribly important: it is absolutely vital to get it right or the wrong people could finish up begin conviction.’ ibid. Dr Cameron
Radio Times: After the body of Maxwell Confait was found in his south London bedsit in April 1972, three boys were quickly arrested and questioned. Confait had been strangled, and the trio – Colin Lattimore (18) who had learning difficulties, Ronnie Leighton, 15, and Ahmet Salih, 14 – confessed their supposed involvement to police. ibid.
In the early 1970s the questioning of a suspect often took place in a cellblock, and with no independent witness, the only version of what was said came from the police themselves. The three boys were taken to Lewisham police station. (Kill & Police & Justice & Miscarriages of Justice: Lattimore et al & Rights & Civil Liberties & Arrest & Confession & Murder Cases: Confait & Law) ibid.
All three boys were being tried for arson, but Colin and Ronnie were also standing trial for the murder. They all pleaded their not guilty and protested their innocence. ibid.
‘The confession had been obtained under threats, duress without strong strong evidence … The police behaved badly.’ ibid. brief
‘Colin’s alibi was absolutely superb.’ ibid.
Life sentences with no time limit. ibid.
The Fisher Inquiry set out to discover how the boys could have confessed to something they didn’t do. ibid.
‘The police were absolutely hostile to begin with.’ ibid. Justice lady