I was recording loose barking dog from my car in front of the house of the owenr of the dog (long running dispute); Hi approched mi in my car with the stones in hands; there is running intervention order agains the owner; i call police and thay said that i provoced him; even if thay can call it provocation - according to the definition "Provocation simply, unaccompanied by a crime or misdemeanor, does not justify the person provoked to commit an assault and battery" what is your opinion please
Hello and thank you for your question.
Provocation is only a partial defence to a crime, so technically it is not a reason for the police to take action.
Nevertheless, the police have a wide discretion as to whether they should act in any particular situation and depending on the seriousness of an offence, the police do not always press charges for relatively minor offences, particularly where the offence has been provoked.
If you are unhappy with the way the police handled the incident you should contact the state office of the police department and make a complaint.
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