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(34) Finally, the assistance provided under the IRA, and the Stafford Act in general, must be consistent with the Posse Comitatus Act.
The sheriffs posse comitatus authority to call forth armed citizens to aid law enforcement is deeply rooted in the Anglo-American legal system, originating no later than the ninth century.
(1) Posse comitatus refers to the customary English authority of a
"Yes, the Posse Comitatus act passed in the 19th century forbids a military role in law enforcement among Americans."
There are several exceptions to the Posse Comitatus Act.
The Posse Comitatus Act and numerous other laws protect the states from intervention by government troops.
The act prohibited use of the army as a posse comitatus (force of the people) except in cases where it was specifically allowed by the U.S.
Bowing to necessity, the government accepted a professional army, but put it under strict controls, including the Posse Comitatus Act.
The Posse Comitatus Act is the United States federal law (18 U.S.C.
And, most importantly, Posse Comitatus continues to apply--Reservists who are mobilized for disasters and emergencies are prohibited from engaging in law enforcement activities.