What is POSSE COMITATUS?

Lat. The power or force of the county. The entire population of a county above the age of fifteen, which a sheriff may summon to his assistance in cer- tain cases; as to aid him in keeping the peace, in pursuing and arresting felons, etc. 1 Bl. Comm. 343. See Com. v. Martin, 7 Pa. Dist. R. 224.

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