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July 27, 2009 9:40 AM Subscribe
Some legal questions about the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
posted by zardoz to law & government (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
If I am in my home and a police officer comes to the door and either asks or orders me to step outside, for whatever reason, am I legally obligated to do so? My dad says I am, I think not. Who's right?
Also, for the reason that Gates was arrested: basically yelling and screaming and causing a scene. Is it illegal to yell at a police officer? Does it make a difference if it occurs in the individual's home or happens elsewhere? Is it completely up to the officer to decide if the law has been broken in that instance?