public officer

noun

Definition of public officer 

: a person who has been legally elected or appointed to office and who exercises governmental functions

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In addition to felony murder charges, Olsen also faces charges of aggravated assault, making a false statement and violation of oath by a public officer. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Judge: Officer who shot naked man not entitled to immunity," 16 Aug. 2018 Angela Nichole Marko, 34, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government officials, two drug charges and resisting public officers. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Firefighters, police in NC city assaulted by July 4 fireworks," 5 July 2018 Arizona law requires that public officers and employees avoid conflicts of interest that might influence or affect their official conduct, according to the Attorney General's Office. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "After executive's indictment, Scottsdale school board considers new conflict of interest policy," 28 June 2018 At the time, Moore was charged with assault on a female and resisting a public officer. Fox News, "Authorities: Woman burned in domestic violence incident dies," 7 June 2018 Now her son was not only charged with larceny but with resisting a public officer and assault. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "He was suspended, then things got worse. But this CMS teen never gave up.," 7 June 2018 Still handcuffed, Mall says she was taken by ferry to the mainland and jailed on charges of resisting a public officer, intoxicated and disruptive, and misdemeanor child abuse. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Nightmare finally ends for mom after Bald Head Island golf cart arrest | Charlotte Observer," 19 Apr. 2018 The charges against Rush — impeding traffic, trespassing, assault on a government official, and resisting a public officer — were ultimately dropped, according to the Washington Post. German Lopez, Vox, "“I can’t breathe”: black man pleads as police officer punches and chokes him," 3 Apr. 2018 The charges against Rush — impeding traffic, trespassing, assault on a government official and resisting a public officer — were ultimately dropped last fall. Meagan Flynn, chicagotribune.com, "Asheville police video shows white officer beating, choking black jaywalking suspect," 3 Apr. 2018

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public officer

noun

Legal Definition of public officer 

: a person who has been elected or appointed to a public office

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