I saw Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri last night.
Why doesn't the deputy (played by Sam Rockwell) get arrested and charged after clearly assaulting the billboard manager?
I mean, it was almost murder - so even in a small town...
I wanted to ask the exact same question when I watched it.
I think you must take a few things into account:
But he was kicked out of the police force by the new chief.
I do agree with you that he should be arrested and put behind bars, but I think what came into play is:
Come into my head, there are a few examples:
Back to officer played by Sam Rockwell, I would imagine in a small town, arresting an officer has never been a tradition. Rules are not exactly carried out to the letters, another example is:
In a just world, he would have been arrested, but the film is definitely tapping into 2017 ideas of police accountability where punishing police for anything is extremely rare. The fact that he was even fired at all was probably only made believable by the fact that it was witnessed by a new, out-of-town, black police chief. In a town where he would have had the sympathy of most of his white peers for what he did (given the popularity of Chief Willoughby and the the fact that most of the town thought his suicide was because of the billboards put up by the victim), it would have been very difficult to convict him anyway.