WHEN IS IT LEGAL TO USE FORCE AGAINST A POLICE OFFICER
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WHEN IS IT LEGAL TO USE FORCE AGAINST A POLICE OFFICER

The short answer is practically never. Historically, a suspect had the right to resist an unlawful arrest by a police officer so long as the force applied was proportional to the threat presented. See State v, Rousseau, 40 Wn.2d 92, 94, 241 P.2d 447, 449 (1952). The theory behind this rule was explained – in…