Opening the Gate? An Analysis of Military Law Enforcement Authority Over Civilian Lawbreakers On and Off the Federal Installation [open pdf - 724KB]
"This article examines the authority that military law enforcement officials may exercise over civilian lawbreakers. Specifically, the article seeks to clarify the legal bases for the assertion of military police power over civilians in various contexts-both on and off the federal military installation. The focus is on the exertion of authority at the initiative of military officials, and not at the request of, or in cooperation with, civil authorities. The primary focus of this article is to study the power of military officials to conduct warrantless arrests of civilians. The decision to arrest is a critical stage in the assertion of police authority, and is perhaps the most intrusive of all governmental powers."
Military Law Review (September 1999), v.161, p.1-55