SproutWhat I am trying to express is that I recognize thatThu Aug 4, 2011 12:09pm22.214.171.124these are difficult cases. That the plaintiff must present a very clean case if he/she wants to win...
Not JUST that the officer is wrong, but that the plaintiff was NOT wrong...
Take the Rodney King incident... Were the officers out of line? Most likely so. But the fact that Rodney was out of line ALSO having led them on a high speed chance and that he was indulging in alcohol and illegal drugs lost him a great deal of strength in his case.
I'm not talking about a CRIMINAL prosecution. I am talking about a civil case with the individual alleging to be the victim seeking to take away the officers money.
In order to portray ones SELF effectively as a victim, it is important that one was not engaged in criminal activity at the time, and that one didn't do ANYTHING that can be portrayed as "starting it".
I'm not talking ideals here. I'm talking about practical application.
If you think an officer is applying too much force, do NOTHING. Do NOT resist. Then sue. BECAUSE if you DO resist, then when you try to sue, the defense WILL bring up your criminal conviction for "assaulting a police officer"... and you will lose.
- Even in cases where... Truthteller, Thu Aug 4 11:43amthe suspect was beaten or killed by an officer, with the incident having been recorded and showing the officer clearly at fault, prosecution is extremely rare, with conviction even MORE rare. That's... more
- What I am trying to express is that I recognize that Sprout, Thu Aug 4 12:09pm
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