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Is it legal for a police officer to grab and threaten you for being "irritating" or acting "stupid"?

police grabed me and told me I better stop running around acting like an idiot or he was gonna arrest me and I wasn't disturbing anyone. no one was even around. it was just me and my two friends running around laughing and flailing our arms and legs!!!

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Would you prefer that he just arrest you on the spot for disturbing the peace, without giving you a warning first? Seems to me I'd just be happy not to have ended up in the back of his car, on the way to a jail cell.

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Wtf you didn't even answer this person's question correctly.Seriously why can't people like you ever grow up and just give the correct answer.
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How ironic ... a child tells an adult to grow up ^
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Gummi, when YOU grow up you'll understand this answer.
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Ok LGB what is the correct answer? It sound to me like they did a fine job of answering the question. No one likes loud obnoxious teens running around acting stupid. It sounds like he got a fair response to his behavior. Try this as an adult and you just get arrested.
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Dang it...... @Tony737 I fully understand the answer.I'm just simply saying this person could've answered this question better.
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Forget I rest my case or case dissmissed.....which one do you guys like better lol .
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pretty sure if a cop did this to an adult that cop would get fired and sued. they are there to uphold the law not bully whomever they want.
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@TehLetterFork thank you for having a smart answer/response.This is what I as trying t say this whole time.The person who posted this question told me he did nothing wrong,so even if he did get arrested it could only be for like one night.
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Meant to say was instead of as so sorry.
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Can i join in^_^
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lol ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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Just so you all know - the additional details were not there when I answered the question.

In any case - it doesn't matter if no one else was around. If you are in a public place, and acting inappropriately, the police are within their rights to stop you and give you a warning. You see it as a "threat" because you were intimidated, they however were just doing their job.

And yes, if it was an adult, they'd likely do exactly the same thing - or worse, since they'd probably assume that they were on drugs and things would go downhill from there.
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@sephira good point I admit it lol. Well supraboy7 said it was just him and his friends and obviously the officer.All he was doing was running,jumping,and laughing with his friends.So I admit I'm just a teen who doesn't get it and isn't mature enough to understand this question fully :)
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@Sephira sorry. I only added it after I saw all the post asking what I was doing. I hope that you accept my apologies for all of the hate you have been given.
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running jumping and laughing are not criminal offenses and he has no right to grab the kid. the officer was in the wrong. kids will be kids. officers shouldn't be bullying kids.
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bottom line. you did nothing wrong. and the officer overreacted and deserves some sort of punishment for that. he broke the law by grabbing you. yes you need to grow up but there's no rush. i know some 21 yr olds that still need to grow up. so enjoy your teen yrs and grow up at your own speed.
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I think the big question - which would be very relevant is... "where where you at exactly when this occurred?"
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Outside a park.
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I am sorry if I have made any of you mad, irritated, or just fed up w/ me. I was just curious of what your answers might be. I assure you that all my intentions are good. Thank you for helping me and I apologize again for any wrong doing I have done.
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Agree with the answer before me, buy that popo must have been grumpy!!

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If it isn't it should be!!! Stop being an idiot and grow the heck up.

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He's 14..give him a break,you were a teenager before
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...ok
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But we were just running around and laughing???
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So I'm 15, and was raised never to act like that!
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People are raised differntly .
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acting like a fool may not be normal but its not illegal. everyone was wild in some way when they were young.
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i guess i just contradicted myself there. acting a fool when your a teenager is expected.
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So.it happens-.-
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Well ya...coz what were you doing? or maybe hes racist?

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depends if its on public or private property. last i checked you can't legally get arrested just on the fact that your acting like an idiot. if u could, our jails would be jam packed more than they already are.

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Illegal, maybe. Acceptable, totally.

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Maybe scare some sense into him haha
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I am a law student and the police aren't here to scare some sense into anyone.
Also a comment by CieloHernandez: I would hope that racism in general is in the past, I am an ex soldier and I hate what happened to Lee Rigby but I as also the police would NOT hold this against any none British subject all I can say is STOP bitching like kids and grow up
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He could of arrested you for Not obeying a lawful order if you kept running around when he said stop.

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police cant just order people to stop doing things unless it breaks the law. you have every right to tell the cop to buzz off and go do his job if your doing nothing wrong. and unfortunately being an idiot is not against the law.
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So if he said go home I would have to go home just cause he said?
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if your out after curfew you would have to go home or get arrested. your human, you can choose to ignore the wants of a cop. they aren't god.
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If he was running like he said and didn't listen to the cop it's not obeying a lawful order.do your homework. He can't arrest you for being idiot..but if your running from him he can...
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It was around noon or about 2pm
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theres nothing lawful about telling someone to stop running around. he wasnt running from the cop he was just running. right?
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Yes. Having fun.
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Then yes Im sorry fork. You are right in this instance because he wasn't running from.
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Well he threatened you and grabbed you so I don't think that is legal.Exaclty what were you doing to make the police officer do that? (just curious not trying to get into your business or anything).Sorry you had an encounter with a grumpy officer lol.

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Laughing running around and jumping around in this patch of grass across my street. No one was around except for the officer and my friends.
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Wow that officer must have been pretty grumpy about something.Seriously you can't get arrested for that.The only way you could get arrested is if it was like private property or there was a sign that said no tresspassing (just using that as an example).Wow sorry about that.
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I'm sure you were just minding your own business and being an upstanding citizen, right? You're lucky to have gotten a warning.

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Thank you. And yes we were not disturbing anyone and were just having fun.
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Irony just bounces off the walls here
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Don't worry Tony. Your sarcasm wasn't wasted. I picked up on it even If they didn't.
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Crap. Why did I say irony. Sarcasm was what I meant. Curse you 95 degree heat. You make brain not work good
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Hahaha I knew you guys would get it, but I should've known better than to think he would too! ha!
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Yea. Thanks.
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Hey, I have ya the benefit of the doubt, you're welcome
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No. He can't arrest you for being irritating or stupid, he can arrest you for disturbing the peace. He could arrest you if you did something illegal, AND stupid (like breaking into a bank), but he can't just arrest you because you were being irritating or stupid.

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I hope so! I think you could be considered harassment. People like that oughta be taught something! I'm 15, and if I ever act like that, I'll be grounded!

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Sounds like both you and the cop need to grow up! You need to pull your head out of your bottom and quit acting the fool! The cop shouldn't have went to unprovoked contact! Some times talking works, some times yelling works, but my rule of thumb always was if I went to hands on, it had better be warranted, and someone is going to jail! Assault is a two way street!

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It was just me and a couple of friends across the street playing around laughing and jumping and it irritated the police so he got out of the car, grabbed my shoulder, turned me around and told me I was irritating and stupid and needed to stop or I would be arrested along with my "little buddies".
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tell your parents to file a complaint with the police dept. he has no right to grab you for being annoying.
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Perhaps if you were at home reading up on local ordinances and statutes you could have questions the actions of the officer. Bottom line is that kids no longer respect authority figures and live their lives with this crazy YOLO philosophy and have no idea that it doesn't mean that you have the right to do whatever you feel doing.

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What?!? No. We were having fun hanging out for summer and an officer thought that me and my friends jumping and laughing was irritating.
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So your jumping and laughing and having a good time but 5 minutes ago you were asking if it's ok to break the law. Perhaps the cop heard you talking about that.
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To save a life
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you can be sued for saving someones life sadly. so be careful who u save.
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Only for gross incompetence. Good Samaritan law will protect you
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Well it was just a question. I'm sorry if I have disrespected you In anyway or made a bad impression of myself.
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I am a 14 year old boy and going on to be a sophomore at James Campbell high school in Ewa Beach Hawaii. I have a gpa of 3.35 and am taking honors classes. I am just curious of what the world has to say and I am sorry that it has irritated you.
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because you were iritating him. thats his problem. he's supposed to be a professional, maybe he should get some anger management. as to your being arrested, no way! if you were actually doing just as you said, your behavior couldn't even be considered disturbing the peace. the only behavior close to being considered illegal would have been battery, commited by the officer. if your not arrestable, he has no business putting a hand on you. he was probably just having a bad day. which is no excuse, but he thought he was giving you a break, maybe cut him one.

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Thank you very much. This has been one of the greatest answers I have gotten from a person who isn't putting me down and understands what happened. Thank you very much for taking your time to answer my question.
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Exactly!!! Kids will be kids. If you were NOT causing any damage or otherwise breaking the law, the cop was just being a jackarse. Sadly, its common. SOMETIMES they get a badge and of the sudden they think they're a god.

As for these people putting you down on here...just know they didn't take their meds or see their therapists today. Write off their rudeness, lack of compassion or sense of humanity and delusions of grandeur as just their mental illness talking. You'll be ok!! :D
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If you are telling the whole story, the police can tell you to settle down .. They can give you a warning that if you don't stop acting spastic or if you are bothering other people, you might be cited for loitering or disturbing the peace. The cops shouldn't just grab you, but if they didn't smack you around or hurt you, it isn't illegal. Afterall, it's cop against kid, right ? ... Whatcha gonna do when they come for you ? .. Bad boy, bad boy ...

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Yes, when you are disturbing society's peace.

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