Which would allow a writer like Aaron Guzikowski to transpose such a trope into a setting where a vigilante mindset (which can exist across a bandwidth that extends from individual to "sovereign nation/world superpower") can override and nullify accepted rules of practice (in this case, law enforcement protocols). Again, he's writing parts for actors to embrace for particular tonalities related solely to interpretive techniques as opposed to approaches that focus on depth of character.
You may not be surprised to discover that Guzikowski has moved away from such relatively mundane story ideas as this one and is now fully engaged in a variant of dystopian futurism in his current TV series RAISED BY WOLVES, which presumes that the Earth's civilization will fail and that it will have to go elsewhere to survive.
PRISONERS is downgraded to "sub-75" and it is the first film on a fourth list (added at the bottom of the top post in this thread) of films that are somewhere beyond the Top 100. Its notation in the second list is altered to small italic type to show that it's been officially downgraded.