Re: [infoguys-list] mom doused in gasoline
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> I agree with "kickingit 101" that accidents happen in life. People cannotcontinue to sue every time something goes wrong!!
> Our current societyseems hell-bent on placing blame somewhere besides where it belongs.
As one who in less than 10 hours will be putting on a blue uniform and gun
to serve 12 hours on patrol on the violent streets of South Africa, I have
to admit that some of my decisions as a volunteer police officer since 1980,
are delayed or effected by the fact that, these days, if I get it wrong I
could be personally sued.
Litigation is far less common here than in the US but still the result is
that many criminal situations that could otherwise be controlled (perhaps at
risk to someone's 'civil rights') are left untouched - perhaps to escalate
It's impossible to be aware of, never mind able to assess during split
second events, all the outcomes of an action that a police officer has to
This case is typical of a situation that could have gone many ways, some
good, some bad. As an example the suspect could have gone on to mow down
pedestrians. Had the officers backed off he might have killed the child
anyway. Had that happened the same lawyer would today be probably suing the
police for their lack of action. I see no negligence, just tough decisions.
In cases like these the Courts may have to weigh the greater public interest
of maintaining law and order over an accidental tragidy. To allow the police
to be sued simply plays into the hands of the criminals, hamstrings the
police, weakens the rule of law and encourages rapacious lawyers to seek
ever higher unjustified awards.
In my opinion the presence of criminals in our society is the result of
complex events within that society, some of which are diabolical but
statistically predictable arborations of human nature. Rather than sue
police departments, society should have mechanisms to assist the victims of
crime, be that free healthcare, financial assistance a compensation fund or
Obviously I'm biased. I just hope I don't have to make a decision like this
Andy Grudko (British), South Africa
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