Originally posted by Corganist
Based on the description of the incident we're working with here, there's no doubt she was resisting arrest by fighting the dog off. All this talk about what a natural reaction it is to be frightened by dogs does nothing at all to excuse that. It might explain why she resisted, but that's completely unimportant. I might be deathly afraid of guns, but if a cop points his gun at me in an official capacity there's no way that I'd be justified in trying to take that gun from him because of that fear.
it's far less likely that a person would try to disarm a police officer than to fend off an animal. furthermore, i question whether or not trying to get away from a police dog is really "resisting arrest" because a dog is not an officer of the law. it is a tool of law enforcement.