posse comitatus definition

  • noun:
    • The able-bodied males over 15 in a given county who can be summoned by the sheriff to keep the peace, or arrest a felon; in addition a small grouping of males so gathered.
    • Any musical organization of males, especially equipped or hostile.
    • a temporary police force
  • others:
    • The power of the county, or perhaps the residents which could be summoned by the sheriff to help the authorities in suppressing a riot, or doing any appropriate precept that will be forcibly opposed.
    • A collection of people; a throng; a rabble.

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