I agree with the officer. if someone is coming at you and throwing punches,while and after you tried to get away? drop em'. End of story.
All this " if I run away he won't hurt me anymore shyte is for the birds. If someone is attacking, or actively chasing you, he wants to kick your ass, and there's no two way's about it. If you can't get away, you're gonna have to stop him.
This guy was attacked, and he effectively defended himself. With the amount of witnesses, and the fact that the kid had to have found out at some point, he was a cop, should've been it.
I've seen it (been a witness to a cop assault) first hand and this is just crazy. My question would be, who does this kid's family know that the judge would admit a crime was committed by the plaintiff, and ignore it?
The unfortunate thing about this is that it scares people into pacification by not defending themselves, when it's the only option to end the encounter.
Fright-flight-fight-, as opposed to fright-flight-beatdown will get you five yrs..