SUV Runs Over Biker, helmet cam to the rescue?

Started Oct 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
Rexgig0
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Re: "Reasonable man" doctrine.
In reply to bruxi, Oct 5, 2013

The US legal system, regarding use of force, is largely based upon the "Reasonable Man" Doctrine; what a reasonable man would do under the same or similar circumstances. There is another doctrine also at play, the Doctrine of Competing Harms, which can be generally understood as choosing the lesser of two evils.

Is it reasonable for a man to stay parked in one spot, while surrounded by enraged bikers, who seem intent upon forcing entry and inflicting harm? While I cannot cite any references, I do believe that there are legal precedents that support the action of driving right over members of a mob who have demonstrated the intent to do harm.

I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice. I do wear a police badge, which does require me to have a working knowledge of laws, and well as general legal concepts. As my user name is not very anonymous, I cannot comment on the specifics of any active case, even though it is well over a thousand miles from my jurisdiction. (The USA is a big place!)

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