Lawsuits like this are often what scare people from using deadly force when confronted with intruders in their homes, but it can also be the reason many will advocate making sure the job is done if you are going to use deadly at all.
In this case a man is suing the police after he broke into a home and then ran off the scene chased by a police officer. And of course, instead of taking responsibility for the consequences of his own actions he decided to just go after the the same police who could have shot him dead if they wanted to.
This from My Dallas Post,
James Rankin, 23, of Carnegie, filed the three-count suit in U.S. District Court in Scranton on Wednesday through attorney Jack M. Bernard of Philadelphia. He is seeking $150,000 on each count.
Rankin is facing aggravated assault and other charges in Luzerne County Court related to a home invasion of an apartment at 251 Kidder St. on April 9, 2012. Rankin allegedly used a Taser to stun Naeem Ford and Magarita Martinez during a fight inside the apartment, according to the criminal complaint.
Rankin jumped through a third-floor window and was chased by city police. Police pursued Rankin around the block as an officer fired when Rankin reached toward his waistband, the complaint says.
District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis cleared the officer of any wrong-doing after an investigation by state police at Wyoming.
Rankin is upset that he was shot while not having a weapon himself. He claims that when he reached for his waistband the police falsely said that he had a gun and that the police overreacted in using deadly force.
The home invader excuses his actions in running from the police by citing an incident the day before when police officers found him under the porch steps of another residence. The officers asked him to leave town or “they would shoot him”, the claim states.
Rankin says the shooting left him paralyzed from the waist down with limited use of his legs. He states he experienced second-degree burns that required skin graft surgery, bed sores, kidney failure and extreme weight loss among his physical disabilities caused by the gunshot injury.
So if this guy was found under the steps of another residence the day before and the next day he is breaking into a house, chances are he has a habit of invading home in the area and is looking for a quick payday for all his hard work of robbery and theft.
Any thoughts on this?
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