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Can a person be arrested just for being a member of a criminal gang?
On May 17, 2015, a shootout between rival biker gangs occurred at Twin Peaks in Waco, Texas. At least 177 bikers were arrested that day and charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.
Probable cause is determined by facts and circumstances which would cause a reasonable person to believe a crime has been committed and that a particular person committed that crime.
1. Based on the interview with the couple in the story above, do you believe probable existed for their arrest?
2. Can a person be arrested just for being a member of a criminal gang? Is membership in a criminal gang alone probable cause for an arrest?
3. Is presence at a crime scene alone probable cause for an arrest?