Michigan criminal law follows most other jurisdictions in making it a crime to resist or obstruct the police in making an arrest. Such offenses may be categorized as violent crimes, but they often do not involve the level of criminal intent or the depth of violent action that are usually perceived as falling into that classification. The reason is that most resisting arrest situations involve some degree of force being applied not only by the suspect but also by the police.
Michigan sometimes deals with immigration problems that spill over into criminal arrests. Because the state borders another country, such problems arise daily but do not always contain the added aggravation of violent crimes. Recently, however, an immigrant was arrested in a Michigan airport for allegedly attacking and stabbing a police officer in the neck.