My stepbrother got sucker-punched about a week ago. The guy got in his face at a crowded bar and then attacked him with no provocation, landed three punches to the face. He got thrown out by the bouncers and ran away, but was VERY well known to the police for two reasons: one is the identifying tattoo right across his face, the other is the fact that this guy does this on a regular basis. He is also homeless and has no income or property.
So my stepbrother had to get a CAT scan, stitches, and has bone fractures as well as injuries to his eye, and will have to get veneers on at least three of his teeth. He doesn’t have health insurance, so this is all going to come out of his pocket. And the cops told him that the best he could do was to pursue this guy for a misdemeanor, and that it was useless anyway since the guy wouldn’t be able to pay anything regardless of conviction.
How is this not a felony? This guy serially assaults people, causing serious injuries. He is well-known to the police. What is the justification for these cops to let this guy go every time? He causes major physical injury to people on a regular basis. Can someone please explain why nothing can be done about this guy? Or, alternatively, is there a way to get this guy in jail where he belongs?