In the news today, crimes that occur between citizens and law enforcement officers dominate the deadlines. The introduction of body cameras on police officers in many jurisdictions has begun to help quell the strife, but many states and local departments do not have the cost of this technology in their budget. In many instances in Virginia, there is a lack of documented footage from body cameras either because they do not exist or because the cameras are not turned on. The result is that accounts can differ greatly in cases where people are charged with assault on a police officer.
A recent article from Henrico County, Virginia, details a fight that occurred in a local bar and grille. Two women were enjoying an evening out, when one of the women was asked to pull her pants up by a manager of the restaurant. A fight broke out after the conversation.
The fight included multiple people in the restaurant against the management and bouncers. At around 1:00 a.m., police were called by an off-duty police officer who was working security at the establishment. When they arrived to break up the fight, they eventually charged one patron with three counts of assault on a police officer and one count of assault. They also charged another patron with one count of assault.
It is always possible that the account of events provided by law enforcement officers can be skewed during a highly-charged, emotional situation, such as a fight. People in Virginia who have been accused of assault may benefit from contacting an attorney who focuses on criminal law. The attorney will be able to discuss both local and state laws and possible legal steps to take to ensure that the person's rights are protected.
Source: wtvr.com, "Woman ordered to 'pull up pants' sparks fight at West End bar", May 9, 2016