Police officers have difficult jobs. In the current climate of this country, they often must perform thankless tasks while facing potential risks to their personal safety. As a result, however, an incident involving an alleged assault of a police officer could result in a harsh response by both the judicial system and the general public, regardless of the evidence or circumstances of the case. Unfortunately, one man in Virginia has recently been charged following an incident that sent an off-duty police officer to the hospital.
According to reports, the victim was exiting a fast food restaurant when he was approached by a man. The man allegedly threw some sort of substance from a cup into the victim's face, resulting in immediate burns. The suspect allegedly ran from the scene, but the victim pursued him. A 51-year-old man was was soon taken into custody.
The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening burns and released the same day. It is unclear what the substance was, but tests are being conducted by the state lab. The man has since been charged with malicious wounding. One of the defendant's family members claims that the man has a history of mental illness and had recently contacted several family members, claiming that someone was trying to kill him.
Regardless of the charges and particulars a person faces, a person can benefit from the experience and advice of a criminal defense attorney. The Virginia man is presumed innocent of the assault charges unless proved otherwise. An experienced attorney will likely follow several paths of investigation while creating a defense to the charges the man faces, including seeking to determine his mental state.
Source: wavy.com, "Police sergeant released from hospital after assault with caustic substance", Kevin Green, Jan. 9, 2017