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Reader: If I Punched a Disrespectful Cop, Would the DA Drop Charges Against Me?

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The Denver District Attorney's decision not to charge Deputy Thomas Ford for slugging an inmate was based in part on reports that the punchee had been verbally abusive and threatening. This rationale fired up many of the commenters who weighed in on our post about the development. Here's one memorable take.

See also: Deputy Thomas Ford: No Charge After Slugging Inmate Who Said "I'll F*ck You Up"

Monkey writes:

Another example of police being treated differently than the people they arrest. If you hit someone in the face for standing up, or verbally assaulting you, you would be arrested by people who are taught to do the same thing. Imagine if this cops boyfriend was yelling at him, calling him names, and stood up when he approached him. Would anyone think hitting his boyfriend in the face was appropriate action? Would anyone think a jury would not convict a man who turned a verbal assault into a physical one?

Next time a cop is disrespecting me and refuses to do what I say, I guess I'll just hit them in the face, and the DA will dismiss all charges, right?

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34 comments
Tyler Rierson
Tyler Rierson

Hahaha maybe In magic land were everything is right and just

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

Fuck the pigs. I for one, could care less if they get payback for their violence against those they have pledged to protect and serve.

Conrad Luethy
Conrad Luethy

Don't punch stab in the face and make it worth it

Michael Roque
Michael Roque

Pretty sure the cop would pump you full of bullets for hurting his ego. Well, depending on what color your skin is.

Suzanne Houston Nash
Suzanne Houston Nash

So if the DA is not willing to drop the charges if you punch a disrespectful cop, then why should he drop the charges against a cop who punches someone who is disrepectful to him. Indeed, if charges are even filed. That`s the valid question. Government agents are NOT our superiors. The whole Bill of Rights is a check on GOVERNMENT power in principle and in fact.

James Anthony
James Anthony

I run fast but I just don't let them on my property I carry a crowbar and they stand on the sidewalk they don't dare cross that line f*** the police and to be honest I don't think the DA will drop the charges because I always cross the line

Greg Jabuki DeRuckus
Greg Jabuki DeRuckus

only if he didn't instantly drop to the floor and piss himself like a scared bitch when you approached him. otherwise it would be completely justified because he stood up and didn't raise a finger, so of course no charges.

Sumibraxis Dei
Sumibraxis Dei

Should, but they won't. The police force is a state sanctioned gang, add nothing more, anymore

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

We need a cop fighting superhero who is above the law. And can fly. And has invisibility powers. And is super strong. Either that or we change the laws and strip their privileges that we have granted them.

Ben Djbeng Maestas
Ben Djbeng Maestas

It's 2nd degree assault. I did 3 years DOC at the age of 20. I'm not in any way proud and it wasn't worth it. I was beaten hogtied and beaten over again. Whenever I get pulled over it seems the entire force is called. It's a great way to fuck your life up forever. Meaning your career dreams gone over police brutality. God bless I'm still alive but I work harder for everything in life.

Erik Johnsen
Erik Johnsen

Possibly. DA lets a lot of shit slide in a given year. Can't prosecute them all.

Matthew Allman
Matthew Allman

If you can run fast, and knock em out in a couple punches then hells yeah!

Max Padilla
Max Padilla

You would join Trevon and Mike. If you punched a cop.

Samantha Kneedler
Samantha Kneedler

It's sad that this dude has a very valid point yet still is being called dumb.I'm not calling out good/bad cops or cops really at all. It's all in the person. But person to person, if anyone turned a situation physical over a something verbal they would be charged.. Threats or not. If dude was threatening his family he should have walked away, reported it, and had someone else deal with him.

Douglas Evans
Douglas Evans

Cops are Gods how dare you compare them to us peasants

Eric Frees
Eric Frees

I think most people have lost or are losing faith in our justice systems double standard. Cops aren't accountable, it costs a fortune in lawyers to get your fair end and too many victimless laws on the books.

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

Verbal abuse does not equal physical retaliation. Under freedom of speech I can say whatever the fuck I want but once someone physically retaliates it becomes assault.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Is he just being disrespectful or is he threatening harm to you & your family?

Zach Knight
Zach Knight

No, it would have to be on camera and disrespect would have to be unprovoked physical assault

Kyle T Miklevich
Kyle T Miklevich

That's a brilliant question. Can't wait to find out answer. Stupid

Sunset Sam
Sunset Sam

Is that before or after you leave the hospital ? ? ?

Mark J Pastika
Mark J Pastika

All cops can be disrespectful. Everybody's level of getting/being disrespected is different. So I would say no.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

No, and doing so could well result in your murder by police, followed by their complete exoneration.  DAs such as Mitch Morrissey are a clear and present danger to our lives and liberties far more dangerous than all (direct) perpetrators of violent crime -- they should be treated as such!

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