posse comitatus

Definition of "posse comitatus"
  1. The authority given to a sheriff to enlist any capable citizens for maintaining peace or capturing a criminal
How to use "posse comitatus" in a sentence
  1. The sheriff used his posse comitatus to assist in capturing the fugitive.
  2. Posse comitatus was invoked to maintain peace during the city-wide protest.
  3. Under posse comitatus, the sheriff gathered a group of citizens to assist in the search for the missing child.

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