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June 2016 Training Case of The Month Is On-line

6/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

The June 2016 training case of the Month has been added to the member's side of the website under the L.E. Training Case of the Monthtab.
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People v. Aaron Warrington, 2013 IL App (3rd) 110772, April 2, 2014

This is a Reasonable Doubt case. It dealt with a threat made to this Officer by the defendant.

FACTS: A police officer was stopped at a traffic light in a marked squad car when he heard loud music coming from the defendant's vehicle from over 75 feet away. The Officer conducted a traffic stop on the defendant's vehicle because the loud music violated city ordinances. Once stopped, the defendant told the officer it was a "bullshit stop." The Officer advised the defendant he was going to receive a citation for an ordinance violation and began to walk back to his squad car, when the defendant said, "See ya" and sped off in his vehicle.

The Officer caught up to the defendant with his lights and siren activated. Eventually, the Officer placed the defendant in handcuffs and in the back of his squad car. While en route to the police station, the defendant asked the Officer whether the officer had children. The defendant told the Officer he knew where the officer lived, and he would have beaten the Officer's "ass" if the Officer had not been a police officer.

Once they arrived at the jail, the defendant told the Officer he was going to "head butt" the officer while walking near the officer. The Officer said he believed the defendant's threats were actual threats against him.

Based upon these acts, the defendant was charged with the offense of Threatening a Public Official. The defendant's information alleged that the defendant "knowingly conveyed to (the Officer), a sworn law enforcement officer for the (the City where the Officer worked), a public official, an oral threat to commit bodily harm to (the Officer), as such threat was made in such a way to place (the Officer) in reasonable apprehension of immediate or future bodily harm and said threat was conveyed because of (the Officer's) performance of a public duty." Following a jury trial, the defendant was convicted as charged and this appeal followed.

ISSUE: Was the defendant properly convicted of Threatening a Public Official?
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