Is there any correlation between what is considered excessive force and the severity of a crime? In high school I got a tobacco ticket and defiance of authority. Truthfully, I was afraid and tried to lie about my age. Cop knew that I was lying. I had a single cigarette and a lighter in my possession, everything else I had was completely legal. He called in backup, started searching my bag. I asked him to wait for backup before searching it. I tried to reach for the bag, and I was tackled and had my face forcibly held against asphalt despite pleading with the officer that I had asthma and was inhaling things that cause attacks. The officer later tried to prevent backup cops from giving me my inhaler while I was having a serious asthma attack. This has got to be illegal. I was 15, 100 lbs.Note: I am not looking to press charges, I simply want to know if I was right in believing that I should have. My parents refused to take a stand for me, which is why charges were never filed. Had I been able to do so on my own, I would have pressed charges at the time.