Verbal disputes happen all the time. However, it is relatively rare that a verbal dispute turns to violence. Unfortunately, if an off-duty police officer is involved in a physical dispute, additional scrutiny could apply because of his or her occupation. Although assault charges have been announced against two Missouri police officers, many details of the dispute remain unclear.
The criminal justice system is often complex. For example, some people can find themselves charged with felony murder even if they were not directly involved in a person's death. In fact, 45 states have laws that allow someone to be charged with murder without actually killing someone. Though many states have recently weakened statutes that allow this, Missouri is not one of them.
Anyone who has shared a living space with a roommate has likely experienced some of the frustrations that come with it, even when they share a friendly relationship. Unfortunately, it can quickly become overwhelming. These frustrations combined with the disorientation that come be experienced by those people living in a nursing home could easily lead to misunderstandings. In fact, police in Missouri have charged an elderly man with murder in connection to the death of his roommate.
Anyone who has driven in rush hour traffic likely knows the frustration of it. However, most people accept that there is little that they can do and so wait relatively patiently. Unfortunately, police have recently accused a Missouri woman of murder due to an incident that allegedly resulted because she was annoyed with traffic.
For many people in Missouri and across the country, the day after Thanksgiving -- Black Friday -- is a day to take advantage of deals at retail stores. Large crowds at stores that offer significant enticements in combination with a limit on the number of products sold at a certain price can lead to conflict. However, the reason for a recent altercation at a mall is unclear even though two teenagers were arrested and charged with assault.
For many teenagers in Missouri, life is filled with homework and planning for the future. However, police say that three teens have recently been charged, following an alleged robbery that was reportedly botched. Two of the teens are accused of murder.
When a crime occurs in Missouri -- especially a violent crime -- law enforcement officers often feel a great deal of pressure to find someone to blame and arrest. Unfortunately, this pressure can rush officials to make decisions that may not be fully supported by evidence. In fact, details regarding the alleged murder of a Missouri couple are unclear.
Anyone who has been charged with a crime likely knows of the complications that such a situation can create. While the potential criminal outcomes of a conviction are obvious, many people also face personal and professional ramifications as well. In fact, a Missouri police officer has recently lost his job after he was charged with assault.
Regardless of what criminal charge a person is facing, he or she is presumed innocent unless sufficient evidence is provided that proves otherwise. Even when police and other law enforcement authorities make statements that make it seem as if a person is definitively guilty, they must provide evidence for their claims. At this time, however, it is unclear what evidence supports the claims that a man committed the murder of woman whose body was discovered in Missouri.
The vast majority of teenagers in Missouri and across the country likely experience some degree of conflict with their parents. Often, adolescents may be unable to appropriately express their emotions following a dispute, but conflict rarely results in violence. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials have recently charged a teenager of murder following the death of her parents.