Arrests: Do It Yourself

When a hyperimaginative CORE leader named Herbert Callender tried to arrest New York City's Mayor Robert F. Wagner a few weeks ago, he was operating on the correct assumption that everyone has a common-law right to perform a "citizen's arrest." As Callender saw it, His Honor was guilty of a felony—misappropriating public funds by allowing racial discrimination on city-sponsored construction projects. Callender was arrested for disorderly conduct and carted off to Bellevue Hospital for mental observation. Though he was soon released from the hospital (in time to face a court hearing this week), there are few better illustrations of...

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