Originally Posted by barstoolguru
the point being who is to say what fear is to anyone. what fear is to you may not be what fear is to me. this lady on a park bench with her kid was /can be in fear of her safety by this man and has the right to defend herself
PC 9.22 Necessity:
reasonably believe the conduct is immediately necessary to avoid imminent harm
And the point of that is that in the law it's a reasonable person standard. You might indeed genuinely be afraid, but if the DA, grand jury and finally your trial jury decide that your fear was unreasonably, you will be going to jail.