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    Default can you file a police report for an assault without pressing charges?

    Just have a simple question.

    Say during the course of events, person A physically grabs person B, and violently moves them causing pain (lasting).

    1) does this count as assault?
    2) can a police report be filed and documented without pressing charges, or will charges be applied regardless of the will of the victim?

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    Wouldn't the police investigate first before pressing charges thus a report would be on file along with witness statements. I can't imagine the police being happy about wasting their time so, if it happened then they will want to lay a charge if they can.

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    I'm pretty sure you no longer have the option of "deciding" if charges are pressed once you file a complaint. If they warrant it a chargeable offence it's now out of your hands/control.

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    I never understood the concept of "pressing charges" in cases like this. If the offence occurred, and the police have evidence of that, why would the offender not be charged?
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    I think "pressing charges" is an American thing. In Canada I believe it's up to the police to decide if they charge or not.
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    ok, what I was trying to figure out is if it could be documented with the police without it going further, but it is the police that have the final say is what I am understanding.
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    Originally posted by Masked Bandit
    I think "pressing charges" is an American thing. In Canada I believe it's up to the police to decide if they charge or not.
    Exactly true. The public have no say.

    Bottom line in a case like this is if the police believe an assault took place and that there is a chance for a conviction, the perp will be charged.

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    Originally posted by spikerS
    ok, what I was trying to figure out is if it could be documented with the police without it going further, but it is the police that have the final say is what I am understanding.
    What do you hope to gain from documenting this event? A court case is good documentation, and if you believe that this person might take similar action in the future, a criminal charge and court case is a good idea for the safety of the people that this offender might come into contact with. I take it that the assaulter and assaultee are known to each other? Chance of repeat is incredibly high here.
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    Originally posted by spikerS
    ok, what I was trying to figure out is if it could be documented with the police without it going further, but it is the police that have the final say is what I am understanding.
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    Default Re: can you file a police report for an assault without pressing charges?

    Originally posted by spikerS
    Just have a simple question.

    Say during the course of events, person A physically grabs person B, and violently moves them causing pain (lasting).

    1) does this count as assault?
    2) can a police report be filed and documented without pressing charges, or will charges be applied regardless of the will of the victim?

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    Yes, that counts as assault.

    As mentioned, charges being pressed is not under your discretion.


    Why would you want to waste the time of the police if you clearly don't think this event matters enough to press charges?

    Either file a report knowing charges might be laid, or stfu and push person A back next time it happens.

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    Originally posted by ExtraSlow
    What do you hope to gain from documenting this event? A court case is good documentation, and if you believe that this person might take similar action in the future, a criminal charge and court case is a good idea for the safety of the people that this offender might come into contact with. I take it that the assaulter and assaultee are known to each other? Chance of repeat is incredibly high here.
    Yes they are known to each other, and no i was not involved, before anyone asks.


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    Default Re: Re: can you file a police report for an assault without pressing charges?

    Originally posted by cjblair


    Yes, that counts as assault.

    As mentioned, charges being pressed is not under your discretion.


    Why would you want to waste the time of the police if you clearly don't think this event matters enough to press charges?

    Either file a report knowing charges might be laid, or stfu and push person A back next time it happens.
    it is a sensitive matter, and it would be a good thing if it can be officially documented for later dates.
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    Somebody "physically grabs" and "moves" someone else and you wanna call the Police? Lol, you must've gone shit crazy when Trudeau brushed by that chick in Parliament a few months ago!

    Don't waste Polices' time.

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    Originally posted by Feruk
    Somebody "physically grabs" and "moves" someone else and you wanna call the Police? Lol, you must've gone shit crazy when Trudeau brushed by that chick in Parliament a few months ago!

    Don't waste Polices' time.
    Not quite, but thanks for reading and understanding my question.
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    Originally posted by spikerS
    Not quite, but thanks for reading and understanding my question.
    Your question was answered correctly already. I was just commenting on considering calling the cops when a punch wasn't even thrown. Pussification of society and such.

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    Originally posted by Feruk

    Your question was answered correctly already. I was just commenting on considering calling the cops when a punch wasn't even thrown. Pussification of society and such.
    Not quite, I was asking about documentation of behavior that is harmful in nature with authorities, not calling in the po-po.
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    Originally posted by spikerS


    Not quite, I was asking about documentation of behavior that is harmful in nature with authorities, not calling in the po-po.
    There may we a mechanism to do such a thing, call the general line at the 5-0 and ask. They're usually pretty helpful with that kind of thing.
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    Just pop into district office file report, probably will just get filed with 0 follow up (basically schoolyard fisticuffs with no injuries)

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    Call the non-emergency and ask them. Don't give personal info, just ask for guidance.

    I've done it before, and I'm sure I'll do it again. It's non-emergency for a reason.

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