Questions tagged [self-defense]

Legal allowance to use force to protect one's self. May encompass rights to use force to protect one's property or the person or property of others.

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Am I allowed to kill a person threatening me? CA, USA

You are riding a public transit train and out of nowhere a man with blue jeans takes out a P99 semiautomatic pistol and takes the passengers hostage. Luckily you have a knife on you. But you don't ...
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Am I legally able to use lethal force against a police officer in defense of another?

Hypothetically, let's say I come across a police officer about to discharge his firearm at a person laying face down on the ground, hands in my clear view, clearly (to me) unarmed and apparently ...
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What happens if I shoot a police officer in self-defense during a SWAT raid?

No-knock SWAT raids are very popular, especially in the US. But how do you know that the heavily armed persons are policemen? Isn't it very easy to mistake them for robbers? What if I try to defend ...
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Guidelines to claim right to use physical force as self defense?

I was wondering what constitutes a provocation to which it is justifiable to use force as self defense. For example, if someone came a slapped you on the face but did not proceed hitting you (at which ...
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Is deadly self defense in Germany legal?

Since I am an American in Germany I have had this discussion with a few Germans but haven't got a concrete answer. If i am at home in Germany and someone breaks into my house and I see that they have ...
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Claiming self-defense and refusing to self-incriminate at the same time

Bob shoots Rob dead. Noone saw what actually happened, no video footage, nothing. Bob does not deny shooting Rob but claims it was self-defense. He does not go into details — invoking his right not to ...
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Under what circumstances is it OK for a layperson to shoot a fleeing burglar?

This question and quotes below (emphasis added) come from an article in today's paper titled "‘He started crying like a little baby’: 11-year-old brags about shooting suspected home invader." A known ...
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When can someone who's not a police officer use physical force?

When can a civilian use physical force on someone? Are there any other times besides in self defence? Is it legal to use physical force in the event of an emergency, for example if you shove someone ...
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Weapons vs objects coincidentally used as weapons

My understanding is that many easily-concealed weapons are illegal to use for self-defense in many if not most states. For example, knuckle-dusters are illegal to use in self-defense in most if not ...
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Why can security guards/bar bouncers physically remove a person and it's not considered battery?

This is a follow up to this question about when someone can use force on another person. Are security guards or bouncers, such as at a concert or night club, given special privileges since they work ...
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Would I go to prison for killing the neighbor's dog if it attacked me?

My neighbors have a wild dog, they are aware of that hence they put a sign which says "beware of the dog." I try to avoid it but presently there are roadworks near my house so I have to pass by the ...
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Self defense during execution

Let's say someone has been sentenced to death and is about to be killed by lethal injection. While they are being brought into the execution room, they manage to escape the grip of the prison guards ...
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Is defending someone being physically attacked self-defence or assault?

Suppose one day a vicious attacker (let's call him Thug) assaults Emily in the street. A bystander (let's call him Paul) rushes to Emily's aid, attacking Thug in her defense. After a few minutes, Thug ...
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Would you be convicted of assault, etc. for defending the passenger in the United incident?

I'm wondering what would have happened if one of the passengers who was witnessing the United incident unfold had stepped in and tried to defend the doctor, by force. Note that I'm assuming the ...
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Are martial artists held to a different standard?

At the beginning of the movie Con Air, the main character is presented as an ex-Green Beret who is attacked by 3 people outside a bar. He defends himself and his pregnant wife during the fight until ...
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Would it be legal to use deadly force in a stampede?

Imagine a stampede where there is a reasonable fear of death or grievous bodily harm. Would it be legal for a victim to use deadly force in the form of a gun or knife in this scenario? In states ...
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Can law enforcement/military shoot to kill for merely making a phone call that is deemed treasonous?

Warning: This question contains spoilers to the film Arrival (2016). If that bothers you, move on now. In the 2016 film Arrival, humanity confronts a crisis with the arrival of a dozen alien ...
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Can a company forbid an employee to exercise his common law right to self defence?

If a company has a "no violence" policy could that override a person's common law right to self defence?
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Can you legally defend yourself against an attacking police officer?

If a police officer physically attacks you, with or without intent to arrest, can you legally defend yourself? Assume that the police officer punches/kicks/grabs first, and you are not guilty of any ...
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Is it legal to stop somebody taking your stuff if you've left it somewhere?

Suppose that you leave your phone on a bench and you leave for two minutes to stretch or do something. Somebody takes it. You catch them in the act and ask them to stop, but they start running. Are ...
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Will I be liable for injuries to someone else resulting from defending myself in a confrontation?

Let's say you are eating dinner with your family at a restaurant in Florida that has some outside seating. In the middle of your meal, a young man proceeds to try to sell you his mix tape. You ...
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Is it justifiable to disarm a policeman who is tasing an unhealthy person?

Is a citizen justified in disarming a policeman who is applying a taser to a suspect who committed a misdemeanor, but who is at an elevated risk of dying due to health conditions of which the police ...
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Can you legally stop an unsupervised child from acting up

I think this is the right place to ask this.. If there is a young child (say 4-10-ish) who is unsupervised and causing a major disruption, what is the extent of the measures you can take to stop him/...
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Argentina: Is it permitted to shoot a knife-wielding intruder to my property with a handgun?

I'm wondering how can I defend against an intruder in my house if I legally possess a handgun. I'm in Argentina. Supposing the intruder doesn't possess a firearm himself but is wielding a deadly ...
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If a thief breaks in, gets hit on the head in a struggle and dies - is it involuntary manslaughter?

I have been reading and seeing some fiction where it was shown that a thief breaks into a house, steals, he is caught in the act, in the struggle, there is a blow to the head and the thief dies. The ...
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Tear gases/chemical weapons for civillian use?

I was wondering if civilians can legally carry and use a chemical weapon/tear gas in an event where you need to protect yourself. I have found that pepper spray is okay for self defence in the USA, ...
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Legal Baltimore Knives

I recently moved to the Downtown Baltimore, Maryland area and as you may know it's an extremely high crime area that has a lot of homicides. As a result I've been trying to find ways I can defend ...
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Is it self defense to use force on someone threatening violence but hasn't used it yet?

Here is the example video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALNIPwh8I54 (a little violent but not too much) Given the answers to Are you allowed to strike a person if they say you can? and Does anyone ...
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Do people lose their right to defend their house if they make it look like their house is uninhabited?

What should Bryan Smith have done when two burglars came to his house? https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/local/2014/04/29/morrison-county-jury-discussing-byron-smith-case/8465609/ Two burglars ...
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Is Plummer v State still valid under contemporary law?

Apparently, in Plummer v State back in 1893, the court ruled an individual may act in self-defense against a police officer provided there is unlawful use of force. Note, this does not mean self-...
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Can a police officer enter with no warrant or cause, and must I comply with orders if one does?

This is a hypothetical question. I am in my garage on a Saturday reloading ammunition and cleaning several guns for a range trip the next day. It is hot and I had the large garage door open. As ...
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Spices used as self defence

Let's assume that person A carries on themselves spices such as chilly, cayenne peppers, or something else of the same fiery disposition. Person A is attacked by person B. Let us further assume that ...
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Why is use of force justified in this way?

Typically when we see an officer on the media for their use of force, even when the other person was a danger, we see the general public retort with something of the form "lesser force could have been ...
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Can you be shot in “self-defense” for attempting to disarm someone?

"I'd like to see you try and take my gun" is a common mantra among 2nd amendment enthusiasts, the implied sentiment being they'll kill anyone who tries, but I'm interested in what would happen if this ...
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Can physical force be used to protect your property?

When can physical force be used outside of personal self defense? If you see someone repeatedly kicking your car can you chase him away? Say someone is at your door step and pushes past you inside, ...
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What if any law is broken if Person B hugs Person A against A's expressed wishes?

Here is a recent post about person A in the US who doesn't want to be hugged, yet keeps getting hugged despite voicing that the hugs are unwanted: https://interpersonal.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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Can I carry a gun in a case in Florida while riding a bicycle?

I am riding an extended bike trip. I've already been attacked by multiple dogs. I applied for a concealed carry permit but I don't want to delay my trip in the meantime. Can I carry in an unlocked ...
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Legality of the shooting of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo

A video has been all over the internet today. It shows a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo in contact with a 4 year old child who had fallen into the enclosure. The gorilla was shot and killed. The ...
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Is it legal to approach a threatening situation openly carrying a firearm?

Imagine this: A man is threatening you on your porch. You come outside with a rifle (muzzle pointing at the ground in a open carry stance) and politely ask him to leave. Is this brandishing or open ...
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What is the basis for how aggressive a person can be in self-defense?

All manner of hugging goes on in society in the US. For some people it is unwanted regardless of who the other person is. Autism spectrum comes to mind. How aggressive can person A be against ...
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What degree of force is permissible in self-defense against battery? [duplicate]

What degree and types of force is person A allowed to exert against person B to avoid battery by B? Does it matter whether the battery is threatened or occurring? What would be some guidelines for ...
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Dodging police bullet illegal?

Would dodging, or otherwise itentionally avoiding, being shot by the police be considered resisting arrest? Mainly regarding U.S. law, but interested if any other law adresses this.
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Legal definition of assault?

In Massachusetts, penalties are established for "assault" upon a person, but apparently there is no definition of "assault". So, what constitutes an assault could apparently be open to interpretation. ...
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Terms of Self Defence in public place in UK (England)?

I have question about when self-defence applies and charges are not put on a person who was hit, in English Law, in two scenarios: Let's say John and Jane have a discussion which gets heated but no ...
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Is it legal to use self-defense against police brutality? [duplicate]

Is it self defense if a police officer were assaulting; let’s say my uncle, and punch or push away the officer to stop him from hurting my uncle would that be legal?
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Self defence with an illegal weapon

First off I’d like to say this is just a hypothetical question that I thought of today. This following scenario is to be taking place in Canada. Let’s say a guy is at his house on his private ...
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Visiting Texas would I have the right to defend myself with a Texas residents firearm whom I'm staying with?

I will be visiting Texas and staying at my girlfriend's home. Would I have the right to defend myself with her firearm in the case of a burglary etc, or would I be in big trouble?
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Self Defense- Lethal Force- Taser & Knife Vs. Fire Arm

I was thinking of buying a taser for self defense. However, if someone were trying to attack me such as pulling a gun out on me, I fear a taser will just leave a criminal pissed off and still wanting ...
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Do I have the right to protect my personal property ? [closed]

In most part of US, people have the right to protect their own personal property with an appropriate amount of force.With this concept of personal property and a persons right to protect as background,...
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Can a country defend against invasions?

I know think under "premises/occupiers liability" you aren't allowed to set up things like booby-traps, to stop trespassers / invaders. Are countries/militaries exempt from such laws? If so, how are ...