Figure this one out...

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    How is it possible for someone to be arrested but the only crime or charges that is reported of them is resisting arrest? I've heard of a few cases like this, can someone help me out?
     
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    my guess would be the cops had suspicious behavior to investigate and the person bolted before they could even talk to him. When the caught him he fought the handcuffing.
     
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    but if they don't bring other charges on him/her, isn't that false arrest?
     
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    Law enforcement officers are allowed to "arrest" persons without knowing for sure if a crime has been committed. Therefore, probably what happened was that the police attempted to arrest the person for further investigation and that person resisted. Upon completion of the investigation, the officers learned that the perp was not involved or whatever so therefore, they only charge him for resisting.

    In 99.9% of the USA if a cop tells ya to do something, do it. Especially if you really think you are innocent. If this guy had not resisted, NO CHARGES could have been filed against him.

    Also, sometimes DA's will drop other charges and just hit the perp with one or two and perhaps resisting carried a stiffer fine than spitting on the sidewalk or whatever it was they first thought he had done.

     
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    True. Entirely unconstitutional and therefore illegal, yet true.
     
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    If a cop put me in cuffs, thinking I had done something, or I was someone else, but I knew I was innocent, I would cooperate. Otherwise, it may look suspicious, like I WAS doing something I ought not do. I would actually not take offense for the cops doing their jobs. They can and will make mistakes. They are only human.

    The more you struggle, the more it looks like you have something to hide.
     
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    Ha-ha-ha. That's hillarious and a good question. I would guess that in those cases either: a)The cops were out of line and/or b)the cops were investigating a crime and possibly in the process of arresting someone on SUSPICION...when the person resisted. You can be arrested on suspicion so that could explain them ending up with only the resisting charge if the other didn't pan out.

    Good question, though. I have a friend in one of my classes who was on the force for 19 years and she tells me some funny/disturbing stories about what REALLY goes on...
     

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