Here’s a story on FoxNews about a man who while attempting to rob an AutoZone, was stopped by employees who beat him with a pipe and took his gun. He’s now trying to sue the store. If the judge doesn’t throw this out before the store’s lawyers even get involved, it’s a good example of why we need an explicit law forbiding someone committing a felony from suing the people or companies they were trying to harm.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A man who was beaten by employees of a store he was trying to rob is now suing.
Police say Dana Buckman entered the AutoZone in Rochester, New York, last July, brandished a semi-automatic pistol and demanded cash.
That’s when employees Eli Crespo and Jerry Vega beat him with a pipe and held Buckman at bay with his own gun.
Buckman escaped when they retreated into the store to call 911, but he was arrested a week later. He pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 18 years in prison as a repeat violent felon.
Now Buckman is suing the auto parts store and the two employees who beat him, claiming they committed assault and battery and intentionally inflicted emotional distress.
Emotional distress? Please!
In the local paper article, Buckman’s lawyer says the employees followed the guy outside. Well, so what if they were trying to detain him for the police. I don’t see a problem. If he had gotten down on the ground, only then should they have stopped. He’s lucky they didn’t just shoot him.
Although Monroe County District Attorney Michael C. Green declined to discuss Buckman’s chance of winning a civil lawsuit, he said the force used by Crespo and Vega appeared to be lawful.
“There doesn’t seem to be any question that they were justified,” he said.
Well, they shouldn’t have to even defend themselves in court.