Do you think that society avoids making criminals take resposibility for their actions?
I just heard on the news that a policeman had been struck and killed when laying road spikes to get out of the way of a speeding stolen car. The inquest decided that the policeman didnt make a very good judgement because he only had 18 seconds to get the spikes out and get out of the way. My issue and anger is where is the liability for the criminal?! The speeding driver in the stolen car. The policeman was called to the scene to put down spikes as he was the closest cop. He did his job. He may very well have saved the lives of other innocent people by doing so. If he hadnt have put those spikes down and other people had died then it would be a headline about a policeman not doing his job properly!!!
When will the focus be on the criminal?? If the person driving the car hadnt stolen it and wasnt speeding in the first place the policeman would still be alive. His actions killed the policeman. The news reports are all about the policeman not getting out of the way in time!!!!
Does anyone eles read this and think there is something seriously messed up with the way criminals are not made to account for the full extent of their actions. The consequence of this criminals actions was the death of another human but because that human was a policeman ‘who should have got out of the way quicker’ he is not made accountable for that mans death.
How does this kind of twisted thinking benefit society? If I commit a crime surely the responsibility for all the consequences that follow my choice to behave in that way should be what I am made accountable for not have some consequences excempt because the person stopping me was doing his job and was too slow at putting the pikes down and getting out of the way.
What are your responses? Are there any other examples of this kind of injustice that makes you feel livid at the basic stupidity of it?