“Resisting Arrest” Charge is Fucking Bullshit

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It’s quite possibly the most fucked up charge in our entire shit heap Police State.  Right off the bat someone of reasonable intelligence would assume that such a charge would first require a suspect committing an ACTUAL CRIME.  Like say, “Billy the rapist attempted to flee the rape scene and resisted arrest thus tacking more time onto Billy’s sentence.”  Sadly, in the “Land of the Free” that assumption couldn’t be any further from the shit-covered truth.

All too often many folks are arrested only on the charge of resisting arrest.  People get the living shit kicked out of them by megalomaniacal cops and wind up getting processed only on the charge of “Resisting Arrest”.  If your only charge is “Resisting Arrest”, you are obviously resisting a WRONGFUL ARREST.  This charge opens up the floodgates for vast systematic abuse and the kidnapping and imprisonment of innocent victims.

I’ve seen many a video and read many an article where this is the case.  Each time it burns me the fuck up.  My heart sincerely goes out to every victim who has been thrown in a rape dungeon and committed no real crime/wronged no victim.  America has the largest incarceration rate in the world.  Over 50 percent of those imprisoned are serving time for non-violent victimless drug crimes.  So in essence, we take peaceful people who had the wrong type of vegetation in their pocket and throw them in a “rape cage” with REAL MEAN CRIMINAL MOTHERFUCKERS.

I’d say that, even in the midst of it all, there is still some positive shit going on that should give everybody a little bit of hope.  In the age of the camera phone every John or Jane Doe can do their part to help record cops and try our damnedest to keep police accountable.

P.S.  If you haven’t checked out CopBlock.ORG or “liked” Cop Block yet on Facebook I highly recommend doing so.  Cop Block is a decentralized organization of individuals dedicated to recording police and keeping them accountable.

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Matt Bergman

Matt Bergman founded Punk Rock Libertarians in 2010. Formerly played guitar and sang in the Baltimore punk band "TENWATCH" and currently plays guitar and sings in "post freedom".

  • This is a very important topic. Some LEAs near me — I check the county jail bookings regularly and suggest you do the same — routinely tack on an “obstructing an officer” charge to EVERY charge. OK, that might be the case sometimes. Even most times. But EVERY time — NO. That is some insulated cop lawyer/DA telling front-line officers to tag that charge on EVERY time. To be clear, you cannot obstruct an officer until you have been given a lawful order — merely being placed under arrest DOES NOT constitute obstruction. Yet that is how the charge is being deployed — I had to arrest you, hence you “obstructed” me.

    If we had honest lawyers — yes, defense I mean you — and judges this would take care of itself. But, alas, we do not.

  • Joe Haynes

    So why are we not insisting that mayors, city councils, and sheriffs have recall elections against them for supporting such activity? Why is no one contacting their elected state reps and jumping in their collective excrement? This activity happens partly due to our giving police the ‘benefit of the doubt’ and assuming that we ‘don;t have the full story’. More laws like the one passed in Indiana allowing the use of force against public officials may be a way to curb this crap. Find that law and send it to your state reps and senators. Insist that they entertain it and work it through the process.

  • LeaveWellEnoughAlone

    One question I have about this, and maybe I’m missing something, is: How can resisting arrest be the ONLY charge? For you to resist arrest, don’t they have to be arresting you for something ELSE first? To resist arrest means that there is a charge that they’re already arresting you FOR, right? How can someone be resisting arrest without an initial charge that merits arrest in the first place? No charge = no arrest, right? Maybe I’m thinking too logically about this…Put another way, doesn’t there have to BE an original arrest to resist? There should be an associated charge, right? Technically speaking shouldn’t resisting arrest ALWAYS be a secondary charge after the initial attempt to place the subject under arrest for something else? If not, then doesn’t that immediately show prosecutors and judges that the sole charge of resisting arrest outside of the context of being arrested for another charge is completely frivolous at best and an abuse of power at worst?

  • Martin Ekdahl

    “Disobedience is the true foundadtion of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” (Henry David Thoreau)