Police officers have difficult jobs. They frequently put their own lives at risk while trying to protect the lives and property of others. Often, they must make decisions in the heat of a moment that could make the difference between suffering a personal injury or returning home safely to their families after their shift. Unfortunately, an officer in Missouri is now charged with second-degree assault following what she describes as an "innocent mistake."
Most people in Missouri and across the country would agree that many people in the United States have strongly held political beliefs that they would go to great lengths to protect. Unfortunately, opposing views can often lead to conflict. In fact, a college student has recently been charged with assault due to his alleged actions in a protest.
When a person is charged with a crime, he or she faces multiple decisions that will likely have a significant impact on the rest of their lives. Most people in Missouri in such a situation feel unprepared to make these decisions without professional guidance. Unfortunately, three teenagers, now charged with murder, are now likely considering their options.
The unexpected death of a loved one is always a difficult situation. Being suspected of playing a role in that person's death creates additional stress following a traumatic event. Unfortunately, a Missouri woman is believed to have been involved in her boyfriend's accidental death, leading to her arrest after being accused of murder.
Police are often asked to investigate a variety of different allegations. While most are interested in ensuring that justice is served, it may be easy for even the most dedicated of law enforcement officers to draw conclusions that are not fully supported by evidence. For example, there are many unanswered questions -- including questions about a potential motive -- in an alleged shooting incident in Missouri that resulted in assault charges.
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.