Friday, February 07, 2014

Defending Yourself Against Unlawful Arrest

I have long wondered if one may lawfully defend one's self against illegal arrest, and if so, what degree of countervailing violence one may use.

These court cases suggest that courts have long held that potentially deadly force may legitimately be used.

Which, of course, will not prevent the police from killing you.

See here.

I'm not sure if attempted arrest under a statute later held to be unconstitutional falls under this, but I think it should. My understanding is that the Supreme Court held long ago that a law not authorized by the Constitution is no law at all.

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