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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 decade ago

Is throwing a shoe at a politician legally an "assault"?

the threat of violence caused by an immediate show of force

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In common law torts and in some places criminal law, yes, it is.

    Assault in common law torts is:

    The intentional creation of an immediate apprehension of a harmful or offensive touching.

    In Iraq, I don't think so, but it was still a crime, just not assault.

    (By the way, many places have different names for such things. Common law assault is called menacing in New York Criminal law and common law battery is called assault)

  • pepper
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    interesting that almost everyone said that throwing a shoe was 'assault' and the perpetrator should be punished. Those very same people would probably have no reservations about whacking junior's rear end with a shoe in the name of 'discipline'. Why is it 'assault' to hit a grown man with a shoe but acceptable to strike a defenseless three year old with the same weapon?

    Edit:Thanks for the thumbs down. Just goes to prove many adults are hypocrites. They get hit, it's a grave crime. They lash out at little children and it's OK.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Of course it is.

    But to succesfully charge someone with an assault, the person being assaulted needs to make a complaint and provide a statement.

    A politician would be very reluctant to do that because of the media scrutiny it would attract. And they may end up in a witness box under oath, and then can be forced to answer questions on almost anything.

    Police can not just charge people without an actual complaint.

    Source(s): That is why the guy in Iraq wasn't charged with assault. GWB never made a complaint.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's a way to tell someone your giving him the boot. If you toss it at someone in the hope of making his face a sole friend yes it's an assault.

  • 1 decade ago

    Since the possibility exists that a thrown object (shoe or anything else) could cause bodily harm, then it is indeed possible to call it assault.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. So is spitting on one.

  • 1 decade ago

    I hope not < I have shoes and spittle ready for the Inaguration!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Not in Iraq.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it is when it's the president of the u.s of A

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