City of Columbus v. Fraley
Ohio Supreme Court
41 Ohio St. 2d 173 (1975)
An argument erupted between police officers and Black residents during a police investigation of complaints by a white family in an interracial neighborhood. Imogene Fraley (defendant) called the officers profane names. When officers attempted to place Fraley under arrest, Fraley swung her arms, yelled, kicked the officers, and ran across the street and into her house. Fraley was convicted of disorderly conduct for using obscene language and striking a police officer while the officer was executing his duties. On appeal, Fraley argued that if her arrest was unlawful, she was privileged to use force to resist arrest.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brown, J.)
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