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#21 Happy Panther

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:26 PM

I got charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury, once. The other kid started the fight, it's not my fault he sucked at fighting. Anyhow, he got caught lying on the stand and my case was dropped to simple assault, with no fines or anything - just court cost.

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Damn floppin you have had your share of legal entanglements

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:28 PM

Damn floppin you have had your share of legal entanglements


You have no idea. Go to one of those websites for background checks and type in my name "Aaron Wallace Geer" for North Carolina. You won't be able to see the results unless you pay, but it'll give you the total number of "hits".

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

We are getting into the minutiae of the law but I think if you intend something reasonable it is not reckless under the law. So driving 120 miles per hour and hurting someone is reckless. Or doing something else completely stupid and hurting someone.

Assuming his intention was to knock away a cup that would probably not be considered reckless. As long as you consider that in and of itself a reasonable action then no he still wouldn't be charged.

Here is what wiki defines as reckless:


I might be guilty of getting too far into detail like you said. However, I do not see how it is reasonable to attempt to dislodge a cup of coffee using force sufficient enough to knock an adult to the ground. It's a coffee cup.

Also keep in mind the law does not go by wiki definitions. I can't find a legal definition for reckless under PA law. I should note that reckless driving somewhat defines it as (paraphrasing; closed the page) willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others.
In this case, I could see an accidental strike to the woman's face if she were sipping from the cup at the time. Yet, that is both willful and wanton disregard for her safety. If she were carrying the cup at waist level, as most people do, then he missed his mark by several feet. I'd be willing to call BS on his claim.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:34 PM

I might be guilty of getting too far into detail like you said. However, I do not see how it is reasonable to attempt to dislodge a cup of coffee using force sufficient enough to knock an adult to the ground. It's a coffee cup.


I think a cop can if it is in his normal duties. They also get to shoot people sometimes legally.

The lady should not have been throwing anything at the police and the cop was within his job description to go disarm the lady. It wasn't within his duties to assault the lady but if he intended to smack her drink away it may have been.

I admit he may have also intended to smack a bitch but the video doesn't support it beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:20 AM

I think a cop can if it is in his normal duties. They also get to shoot people sometimes legally.

The lady should not have been throwing anything at the police and the cop was within his job description to go disarm the lady. It wasn't within his duties to assault the lady but if he intended to smack her drink away it may have been.

I admit he may have also intended to smack a bitch but the video doesn't support it beyond a reasonable doubt.


She didn't throw anything, it was someone else.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:25 AM

She didn't throw anything, it was someone else.


You are correct.


The cop has been punished and should not have reacted the way he did.

At the same if I see a group of cops trying to handle a tense situation that doesn't involve me I walk away. The last thing I do is taunt, throw, or even fuging look at them. I don't have any sympathy for the lady even if she wasn't the thrower.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:09 PM

That'll learn her to cross the street!

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:13 PM

I think a cop can if it is in his normal duties. They also get to shoot people sometimes legally.

The lady should not have been throwing anything at the police and the cop was within his job description to go disarm the lady. It wasn't within his duties to assault the lady but if he intended to smack her drink away it may have been.

I admit he may have also intended to smack a bitch but the video doesn't support it beyond a reasonable doubt.


What I'm understanding from this post is this
tl;dr: badges make people infallible

I for one am not comfortable with emotionally unstable people protecting and serving.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:20 PM

Welcome to America.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:28 AM

What I'm understanding from this post is this
tl;dr: badges make people infallible

I for one am not comfortable with emotionally unstable people protecting and serving.


Dude got fired... that is much more punishment than what he would have gotten for an assault charge.


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