It is unfortunate that part of Will Hunting’s commendable redemption, which is principally his learning to trust in love, consists of his giving up his habit of assault, because the court forces him into counseling as a term of probation for assaulting a police officer. Will Hunting has always gotten off by relying on antique, obscure legal precedents, but this time he has “gone to far.”
I strongly object to any attack on the statutory practice of punching cops. Rather than giving police special protection from the law, which is unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment, they should not be given what the law requires, the same protection as the rest of us, no more and no less, but what is right, an active and robust resistance. Though I would advise any action, violent or otherwise, which hampers the police function, it is especially hard to see what could be said against “resisting arrest.” Trying to preserve one’s freedom is a laudable form of self defense, and that the thugs and kidnappers are dressed in blue uniforms and have a fascination with guns as compensation for their sexual inadequacy does not negate this.