I'm seriously not sure and I'm skeptical that the goal in doing so wouldn't be met. In my jurisdiction I could see a charging agency concluding that Jayrod's goal in charging the kid was to scare him and possibly touch him (amounting to assault as a C3 misdemeanor) and that the kid's sole goal in punching Jayrod was to defend himself. Add in the fact that Jayrod was twice the kid's size and that's a lot of faith to put in the discretion of some low-level responding patrol officer.TLEF316 said:Obviously they were wrong demanding to use the basket, calling you those words, throwing your ball away, etc.
But if someone with 60 pounds on me is charging me in anger....and I dont have time to get away(would certainly be option #1, as I'm not a fighter and likely have more to lose than anyone who might be trying to fight me) ....I'm swinging first and my goal is doing exactly what kid did....hitting you right in the nose and stopping you in your tracks.
I haven't been in anything resembling a fight since puberty....so ZERO chance I'm letting a bigger dude with a head of steam throw the first punch when I'm not ready. Odds of me ducking it aren't great. Odds of me recovering to NOT get totally beaten down if he connects are practically non existent.
And yeah, I absolutely would have stayed and filed the police report. Sucky situation, but I want it on record that someone (whether they're a minor or not) clocked me in the face.
If Jayrod's goal was to get himself in trouble and pay a defense attorney a lot of money just to achieve the goal of walking away with no conviction, then making a report to law enforcement would have been the play.