I’ve come across this interesting video on The Internet. A woman attacked police officer with a blade, actually cutting his neck not far away from jugular vein and gets acquitted later in the trial. She got caught on a video surveillance, she actually performed the attack, it was done in a sneaky way behind his back which means it wasn’t done in a heat of the moment, but was premeditated. She later struggled against police officer trying to subdue her and she refused to drop the weapon. They finally got her under control when two additional police officers came to the rescue because of the screaming and loud noises.
So, I’ve went on looking for Vermont State laws for aggravated assaults…
1024. Aggravated assault
(a) A person is guilty of aggravated assault if the person:
(1) attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another, or causes such injury purposely, knowingly, or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life; or
(2) attempts to cause or purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
(3) for a purpose other than lawful medical or therapeutic treatment, the person intentionally causes stupor, unconsciousness, or other physical or mental impairment or injury to another person by administering to the other person without the other person’s consent a drug, substance, or preparation capable of producing the intended harm; or
(4) with intent to prevent a law enforcement officer from performing a lawful duty, the person causes physical injury to any person; or
(5) is armed with a deadly weapon and threatens to use the deadly weapon on another person.
(b) A person found guilty of violating a provision of subdivision (a)(1) or (2) of this section shall be imprisoned for not more than 15 years or fined not more than $10,000.00, or both.
(c) A person found guilty of violating a provision of subdivision (a)(3), (4), or (5) of this section shall be imprisoned for not more than five years or fined not more than $5,000.00, or both.
(d) Subdivision (a)(5) of this section shall not apply if the person threatened to use the deadly weapon:
(1) in the just and necessary defense of his or her own life or the life of his or her husband, wife, civil union partner, parent, child, brother, sister, guardian, or person under guardianship;
(2) in the suppression of a person attempting to commit murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, burglary, or robbery; or
(3) in the case of a civil or military officer lawfully called out to suppress a riot or rebellion, prevent or suppress an invasion, or assist in serving legal process, in suppressing opposition against him or her in the just and necessary discharge of his or her duty.
(e) Subsection (d) of this section shall not be construed to limit or infringe upon defenses granted at common law. (Amended 1971, No. 222 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. April 5, 1972; 2005, No. 83, § 6; 2013, No. 96 (Adj. Sess.), § 50.)
So, she violated points a1, a2, a4 and a5 which goes for maximum sentence of 20 years total in prison and $15.000 fine. You also get additional 1 year because the assaulted person was law enforcer and considering she was later resisting and continued the attempt to harm the police officer, she could be facing up to additional 10 years, totaling at 30 years in prison. This is the worst case scenario where she would be found guilty of all points.
In best case scenario, she would get 3 years of prison if found guilty of all the mentioned charges.
One would expect that the case was pretty clear, considering the camera recorded everything. Well, you were so wrong. She walked away without even a slap on her wrist.
If this was done by a man of any color, he would most likely be convicted for maximum imprisonment or for a life sentence, because they’d find 15 additional points he somehow violated. There is no way a man would walk away without being charged by at least 1 point here. And even if she actually wanted to just scare him and then immediately dropped the weapon when demanded so by the officer, that would still result in at least 2 years sentence for assaulting a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon.
The thing that wonders me is, what drug was the jury on to acquit this woman? Was it really because the camera imagined all of it and the police officer was actually struggling with himself there? Or was it because she is a woman? It makes you wonder what other reasons other than her being a woman might have contributed to the complete acquittance…
If you have a similar case from anywhere within USA where a man committing a very similar crime was also entirely acquitted, please let me know. I’m very much interested in looking into that case…