From the right to resist to the “duty to submit”

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January 15, 2012
by William Norman Grigg  
Posted in Commentary

"In addition to codifying the Common Law right to resist arrest, Hopkin Huggett’s Case and Queen v. Tooley recognized that this right inheres not only in the victim, but in citizens who interpose on the victim’s behalf. Simply put: When a police officer commits the crime of unlawful arrest, the citizens who intervene are acting as peace officers entitled to employ any necessary means -- including lethal force -- to liberate the victim. ... Until the late 1960s, most states recognized – albeit grudgingly – the Common Law right to resist arrest." (01/14/12)  

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