JOHN BAD ELK v. U S, 177 U.S. 529 (1900) 177 U.S. 52

JOHN BAD ELK v. U S, 177 U.S. 529 (1900) 177 U.S. 529

JOHN BAD ELK, Plff. in Err.,
v.
UNITED STATES.
No. 350.

Submitted February 26, 1900.
Decided April 30, 1900.

Resisting unlawful arrest — while considered an actual crime, and prosecuted as such — is an ancient, venerable, and indispensable right of free people. Under the still-valid Supreme Court precedent John Black Elk v. U.S. (1900), a citizen has a legally recognized right to use lethal force to prevent the consummation of an unlawful arrest.

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  1. […] In fact, resisting unlawful arrest — while considered an actual crime, and prosecuted as such — is an ancient, venerable, and indispensable right of free people. Under the still-valid Supreme Court precedent John Black Elk v. U.S. (1900), a citizen has a legally recognized right to use lethal force to prevent the consummation of an unlawful arrest. See also, JOHN BAD ELK v. U S, 177 U.S. 529 (1900) 177 U.S. 529 and the associated write-up on this blog. […]

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