reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Thank you very much for that break down. I hope many read that. I posted that information to provide an example for all to see, with your aid.
I was arrested because I physically 'assaulted' an individual. (This is the charge)
A 16 yr old boy was harassing much younger children and destroying personal property. I, age 18,saw this going on for hours and confronted the boy, we
argued back and forth, i then turned to walk away. After I was about 15ft away with back turned he yells and I quote: "yea turn an walk away, im
going inside and get my fathers machete..."
He now has threated my life, as well as endangered the children near by. I have never acted so fast in my life but I turned and grabbed him, put him
against the wall, by his throat I will not skimp that detail, and said "you do that and see what happens, go ahead, do that see what happens then"
all while starring him in the eyes. I let go and BACK away till I was far enough away. 2 different neighbors came over to me immediately after and
thanked me for taking action. I swear to you that is not a fabrication. Meanwhile the boy had told his dad, his dad comes over gets in my face trying
to make me assault him and yells at me for coming onto his property. This is all happening very fast mind you. I refrain as i could see this
situation unfolding. In the mean time, his wife called police. Oh he had been drinking by the way. not only did I smell it, but the cop also asked
about it. I was arrested because I had left visible marks (aka hand-print redness) on the boy, and by engaging in violence, put the children in danger
as well. No 'proof' of anything violent from the 16yr old. so Off to jail I go. Only an over night stay then released. I fortunately could afford a
good, worth something lawyer who did an excellent job at collecting facts and reports from as many people he could. In court, The judge was also level
headed and could see the entire situation. She said: " You should have called the police, not play hero. Next time, Contact the authorities, and
leave the law to law enforcement." 20 hrs community service and 1 year probation, which I passed. So I was NEVER CONVICTED. Just to show things
often are not what they seem.
This was 8 or so years ago in a small country town. I can see what I did wrong (in the eyes of the law) so the entire experience really helped to put
the 'real world' into perspective.
I provide this story not for debate, but as an example of how things can just....happen. At age 18 being physical was all i could see at the time to
help with the situation. So I am NOT trying to paint a picture; "oh I was wronged, darn cops cant see there a** from there face"
Just to show
an example of how a situation can unfold. I took responsibility for that day. And I am not ashamed to share it, as it was a good life lesson.