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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Court reinforces right to resist excessive police force

Fort Wayne News Sentinel, IN
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - A judge erred when he didn't tell jurors that a man convicted of fleeing arrest had the right to resist police if they used excessive force, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

The unanimous decision reversed Shane Allen Wilson's conviction in Tippecanoe Superior Court.

Judge Les A. Meade erred when he decided that a common law rule allowing a person to resist arrest to avoid injury was outdated and no longer applied, the three-judge panel ruled.


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