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resisting arrest

n. the crime of using physical force (no matter how slight in the eyes of most law enforcement officers) to prevent arrest, handcuffing and/or taking the accused to jail. It is also called "resisting an officer" (but that can include interfering with a peace officer's attempt to keep the peace) and is sometimes referred to merely as "resisting."

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The police charged Ayo with three counts of resisting arrest, possession of dried leaves, suspected to be marijuana and belonging to an unlawful society.
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The report did not specify which offenses were relied on for the designation, but identified defendant's convictions for attempted burglary, second-degree burglary, strong arm robbery, assault, battery or wounding of an officer while resisting arrest, and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Shaw III of first-degree assault and felony resisting arrest following a disturbance at a Polk County church.
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Sheriff Eric Brown branded rejected his version of events and found him guilty of assault and resisting arrest.
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