Originally Posted by Germ
In my opinion dude got away with murder. Off duty or not, he should have just called the cops.
Involuntary manslaughterI would say, based on the news article.
Self-defense laws typically state that you have the right to defend your self with "reasonable and appropriate force". In other words, if someone slaps you, you can't shoot them with a shotgun and claim self defense.
If the 17 y/o did in fact start throwing blows, then the officer was justified in using restraint techniques he was trained in in his defense. If the kid died, who knows...could've been accidental, or Officer Whatshisface could've gone too far. Or, neither, and the kid just had some condition that made him particularly vulnerable to respiratory problems. Who knows.
And all this is of course based on what the editorial board of that news website CHOSE to put in the article. I would argue that the jurors know a shitload more about the details than we do.
To sum up: If you don't want trouble, don't throw rocks at people's houses for no reason. If rocks are being thrown at your house, perhaps video it with your phone and call your local law enforcement and homeowner's insurance.