Intimidating the police

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(3) As used in this section, ''harass'' shall mean to engage in any act directed at a specific person or persons, which act seriously alarms or annoys such person or persons and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress.Such act shall include, but not be limited to, an act conducted by mail or by use of a telephonic or telecommunication device or electronic communication device including but not limited to any device that transfers signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo-electronic or photo-optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications.

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Charges of false informing, disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice are vague enough that they can be used in a variety of ways to control individuals, Kennedy said.“Those kinds of ordinances are routinely abused, ” she said.

(4) A prosecution under this section may be brought in the county in which the criminal investigation, grand jury proceeding, trial or other criminal proceeding is being conducted or took place, or in the county in which the alleged conduct constituting an offense occurred.

Being stopped or approached by a Police Officer can be intimidating or unsettling.

“You know what this is, and you see it all the time, it’s overreaching by people of authority.”Kennedy said the key to some of these laws is that they must be specific. The Indiana Code defines false informing as making a complaint against an officer to the state or municipality that employs the officer.

For instance, false informing specifically attacks statements against police. The complaint must allege the officer is engaged in misconduct while performing his or her duties.

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