Assault and Battery, the unlawful and willful use of force or violence on a person. They are separate offenses. An assault is a demonstration of an unlawful intent to injure another person. Actual physical contact need not occur. A battery is the unlawful touching or striking of a person, done with intent to do harm. Battery is always accompanied by assault, but assault can occur without battery. The offenses are felonies if a weapon is involved; otherwise, they are usually misdemeanors. They are also torts; the injured person may sue for damages.
If justice is blind, then why do some court decisions spark outrage and violence? Even with an impartial jury, court cases don't always go according to plan.
Any viewer of a TV cop show knows the Miranda rights. They include the rights to remain silent, to have an attorney and so on. Why are they called the Miranda rights, and why must U.S. police recite them to arrestees?