Dealing With Lawsuits
It's almost to be expected: Someone gets killed. Someone related to them files a lawsuit, in this case the father of recently deceased armed robber Zachary Cooke. I agree that it's Mr. Cooke's prerogative to file a lawsuit. I guess that's the only way we can have it. Or is it?
I do have questions about some who file lawsuits where I see them plainly in the wrong. In this case, it appears the father must have known what his son had been involved in. Note the father saying his son "wanted to turn himself in but he was afraid that they would kill him..". How would he know that if he didn't have intimate knowledge of his son and what he had been involved in?
So here's a guy that's going to sue despite knowing quite well what led up to the death. That's not to say that simply because someone is an armed robber the police have a right to kill him, but it seems to me his father might well have contributed to this situation by simply letting his son run wild.
I know. I hate the finger pointing myself, but when someone has the nerve to file a lawsuit after something like the the Cooke incident...
I can't help but wonder if more communities should follow the lead of the City of Los Angeles?
Many of you might remember the big shootout down in West(?) Hollywood a few years back. A couple of guys robbed a bank. The cops interfered and a big shootout resulted. The robbers, in full body armor and a car trunk full of automatic weapons, really lit up the area, even shooting at a news helicopter. Remember that one?
One of the guys ends up sticking a handgun in his mouth and doing himself in. The other one continued shooting until some LAPD guys moved in close with AR15 rifles and shot him. The last part I remember seeing is the guy on the ground, his hands up in the air, surrendering to police.
The guy ended up dying from wounds received. No sense of sorrow here. I figured the guy punched his ticket.
After all was said and done, the guy's mother decides to sue Los Angeles, claiming medical care wasn't delivered soon enough to save her son's life. Figures.
The people of Los Angeles are outraged at the lawsuit, as are others around the country. I believe it was the Los Angeles City Attorney who made the bold move: Counter sue the mother for her part in the shooting. After all, she raised the son and gave him the values that resulted in him shooting the whole town up.
The counter- suit was something along those lines, anyway.
I have no idea how successful such a counter- suit would have been, but it worked without going to trial. The mother dropped her suit.
I can't help but wonder how many others should have the same strategy used against them? In the Cooke case it seems the father was well aware of his son's activities. It also seems this sort of activity might be common within that family, the father blaming his son's crime on the influence of his step- brother.
About the only problem with the idea of counter suing parents for the actions of their kids is it might be intimidating to those that have legitimate lawsuits to file against The State in incidents of wrongful or negligent death. Believe it or not, I wouldn't want that to happen.
It would be nice, though, for some parents to realize they'll have to lay in the bed they made and not blame others for it.