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Do You Have the Right To Defend Yourself Against the Police?
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Posted 10/27/15
You have the right to not be stupid, just listen to the officer and maybe you won't get your ass thrown to the ground for being a rebellious plug.
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Well, if they are illegally hurting me, I'm going to defend myself, police or no.
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Posted 10/27/15 , edited 10/27/15
I don't believe the police should be exempt from this rule.

If your life is being threatened and it's not because you initiated, you should defend yourself. If you're kidnapping people and the cops are shooting at you, don't be surprised. But if you're just minding your own business and a cop decides to beat you to the ground and pull out a pistol, by all means.

You'll still be punished by the law if you did it wrong and the policeman's word usually carries more weight than yours, but I'm not speaking from a legal perspective. I don't care if it's the president of the US attacking you without cause. If it's reasonable to think your life is at stake and you haven't done anything to deserve being attacked, you should defend yourself.

Being defiant will probably get you knocked to the ground, so cooperate with the police. They're better trained and armed than most people, so you should recognize that cooperating will minimize the likelihood you'll be in a deadly situation.
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Posted 10/27/15 , edited 10/27/15
If you're attacked by anyone, you have the right to defend yourself. Especially if they attack while unprovoked. That said, you should also never try to provoke anyone. I've seen a lot of people on the internet doing really stupid things just to provoke the police. In those cases, I have no sympathy for them if they end up getting dropped. Police, like it or not, are just people like everyone else.

Just try to be reasonably compliant and go about your day. I've seen too many issues where an officer has calmly asked for someone, for example, to show them their ID because they were in the area where an incident occurred and that person decided they were going to be some great hero and not do it. Legally they are in the right and I'm fine with that. However, it's stupid and I lose a lot of sympathy for people who go out of their way to provoke police officers.

It's fine to stand up for your rights and not let officers abuse their power. However, there's a point where people just do it to be obnoxious and provoke and I'm not okay with that.
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Posted 10/27/15
Wasn't there a couple of cops killed in a no-knock raid of a wrong house house and the judge said pretty much that"s what you get for playing stupid games?
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Posted 10/27/15

brookline wrote:


ILuvCats11 wrote:

If the police attacked me it would be easy to sue them, like, are they even aloud to attack 13 year olds?


Yes they are allowed to attack and kill 13 year olds


With extreme prejudice! Phasers set to kill!

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Posted 10/27/15

ILuvCats11 wrote:


Rujikin wrote:


ILuvCats11 wrote:


brookline wrote:


ILuvCats11 wrote:

If the police attacked me it would be easy to sue them, like, are they even aloud to attack 13 year olds?


Yes they are allowed to attack and kill 13 year olds


Damn, its not like I do anything bad, but the police of today are quite corrupt...


They used to be far worse before the internet and video cameras. Now if they do obviously illegal stuff they get caught since everyone that has a phone also has a video re order. Police forces are having to clean up because now when a cop gets caught quite often there is footage somewhere so its not a cops word vs a lying civilian.


Do I dare ask what "far worse" is...



Brutally beat peaceful protesters then charge them with resisting arrest, assaulting officers, and disorderly conduct in full view of everyone. Because of a lack of video evidence the police testimonies were accepted over hundreds of on lookers. Welcome to Chicago.
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It doesn't matter.
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Posted 10/27/15
The legal definition of "arrest" is to legally end a person's rights and liberties.
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Posted 10/27/15
You have the right but its not gonna end well
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Posted 10/27/15 , edited 10/27/15
Of course, though with police there's the possibility of a misunderstanding, such someone calling them and the police think you're the guy, or it's an erroneous call (malicious or just stupid). But if they're assaulting you, you should do something; for all you know, it could even be someone impersonating the police, which has happened.
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18 / M / Summoners Rift
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Posted 10/27/15
You could defend yourself but you just increased your chances of becoming another statistic.
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23 / M / Washington
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Posted 10/27/15
y is water wet
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Posted 10/27/15

Rujikin wrote:

Brutally beat peaceful protesters then charge them with resisting arrest, assaulting officers, and disorderly conduct in full view of everyone. Because of a lack of video evidence the police testimonies were accepted over hundreds of on lookers. Welcome to Chicago.
anything can be considered rebellious to people, especially to cops who have a history of unwarranted violent behaviors
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Posted 10/27/15 , edited 10/27/15
In America you always have the right to defend yourself from any attacker or assailant. Now there are circumstances with everything in some states you have to make earnest attempts of diffusing the situation or running away from the situation before you are allowed to defend your self these are coined " retreat states" an example of a retreat state is Maryland. If you want to learn more about it I would suggest looking up your county and state laws on the matter. Now then with the police issue is kind of hard because what you should do is if you suspect your self of being a victim of police brutality is relax do as they say and when you get to station request the case number and use your phone call to get in touch with a lawyer and then explain everything to them. With the police never resist that will always lead to an escalation of force. For more information on this you can either talk to your local government officials or to a lawyer.
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Posted 10/27/15 , edited 10/27/15
Depends on whether or not there are video witnesses.
That said, obviously, if your life isn't threatened it's smarter to take the beating.
Even more so, if you don't do anything to provoke the enraged cop, and there is video evidence of him being unruly, he'll likely be fired (to say the least).
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