A few months ago a friend of mine was brutally attacked by a homeless guy in a park in San Francisco. She was jogging and apparently he felt she got into his “territory”. He screamed at her, beat her to the ground, kept beating her, then dragged her by her hair to the edge of a bridge. She was sure he was going to kill her and throw her in the water. Then for some reason he broke off the attack and ran away. Miraculously, a bystander witnessed this, ran after the guy, apprehended him and held him until police arrived.
He was charged with misdemeanor assault. Why? She believes that because SF has had a lot of bad press about their homeless situation lately, and don’t want to scare away visitors, they don’t want a felony assault by a homeless person on the record. I dunno if that’s true, and I doubt it’s in any way relevant to the charge against Enix, but it hadn’t really occurred to me before that there might be external, political reasons for choosing a charge.