Re: Aikido And The Law
Yeah, I agree with you Michael. Of course you can escalate the level of force if it's necessary to defend yourself as you pointed out in your examples. The fact is that even if you use minimal force, you can still be aressted and/or forced to defend yourself in court. All that's required is that a peace officer has doubts as the legality, or the truthfulness of the involved party's versions of what actually happend.
In my opinion, the smart thing to do is to defend yourself to the best of your ability from the immeadeate threat on the street. Worry about legalities once you are no longer in danger. If you kept a cool head and treated the situation reasonably, you probably responded appropriately. If you made a mistake, at least you're still alive.