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Do You Have the Right To Defend Yourself Against the Police?
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Posted 10/29/15
Yep something is very wrong if you ever have to defend yourself vs the police.
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Posted 10/30/15
Well im in the UK so the max we'd get shot by is a taser. So i'd definitely fight back.
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Posted 10/30/15
If the cop attacks you first
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Posted 10/31/15
Really, really depends...

Did they first ask you to do ONE of the following?
1. Hands above your head
2. On the ground arms above your head, palm's flat.
3. Turn around arms behind your back
4. Don't move
5. Hands on the car palm's flat
6. Are answering there questions (NOT detained yet, but you are a witness)
7. Let me see some ID (At traffic stop, witness or are possible suspect)
8.Are you following any of the above directions they are giving you?

If you answering no to any of them, then NO you can not.

Also not to sure why this is happening, but for some dumb ass reason Teens (and mostly teens) are thinking they don't need to listen to them or obey them.
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Posted 10/31/15
are they trying to arrest me or...?
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Posted 11/1/15
I would imagine there are grounds, especially if the officer in question is 'behaving unprofessionally'. Just because he wears fancy clothes does not give him the right to do that.

Otherwise go with it. Worst case scenario is you get to sue for big bucks.
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Posted 11/1/15
Everyone has the right to defend themselves , even the police
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Posted 11/1/15
In some states they have passed laws that make it easier to defend yourself from the police.

Some resources . . . http://www.copblock.org/KnowYourRights/

Most of the police I have known are good honest people.
BUT . . . there are some cops that should never have been cops.
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Posted 11/1/15
After checking my young black male privilege, it seems I do not have the right to defend myself against the police, even if im clearly not doing anything wrong.
Also, if for some reason I end up getting arrested and taken to jail I would like to make it clear that im not suicidal
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Posted 11/1/15
I'd think so, but it would probably be less of a hassle if you defended yourself in court rather than physically with the cop.
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Posted 11/1/15 , edited 11/1/15
YES OF COURSE.
But there is faults with such.
The bad cop can say that you try to resist (or something else) and make another cop shoot you.
Easy for other cops see YOU as a villan EVEN if it was the other police that did something (watch a few youtube videos about riots and you can see such)

I think its bad when you can be at fault for not follow since some can be absurd commands or not good ones.
Yes you should follow the cop, but not allways the best choice.

Sometimes the cops, just like any human can make faults and say or do something wrong or charge you with something that they shouldn't have.

BUT it also depends on defencive or attacking attitude that you though was for defending yourself.
One thing is to push away the officer, another is to run away totally different things (escape, or not really putting up a fight but not so close)
Some of the police are just bullies and do it a bit too agressive.
Where I come from the police is too relaxed then aggresive.
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Posted 11/1/15 , edited 11/1/15

brookline wrote:

I have a simple question.


Since you've created a new thread on the topic offering more clarify about what you intended, I'm closing this thread (but will add a link there back to this one in case others want to read the original conversation).

For the information of anyone finding this thread in "Closed" who wants to see the new thread, go to:

/forumtopic-925359/self-defense-rights
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