Whenever I tell people that, until about 100 years ago, "Peace Officers" didn't carry weapons, and not just London "Bobbies", I get incredulous looks.
The reason was that the miscreant was running to handcuff himself to the "Peace Officer" in the hopes the mob on his heels would have difficulty stringing him up while attached.
No need for weapons.
This is something lost on most people today, and not just fathers of teenage girls in Sweden.
However, it seems that there are still some Irish in Massachusetts like those depicted in Eastwood's "Mystic River".
They believe the killing may be the work of vigilantes responding to the lack of justice handed down by the Catholic church’s investigation.
Either that or someone was really upset about the coffee cake at the last church bake sale.
Full disclosure: I am Catholic and I approve