Last year a woman in Indiana courageously assisted a police officer who was being beaten down by a criminal, who was trying to grab his gun. She shot the perpetrator, who subsequently died of his injuries. She was cleared of any wrongdoing by the authorities - but now she's being sued by the family of the deceased criminal. An original news report about the incident may be found here. A PoliceOne report about the impending lawsuit may be found here.
A fundraiser has been started to help this courageous woman pay the legal expenses incurred in defending herself. From its description:
On February 20, 2017 a suspicious person prompted a call to 911 in Ohio County, Indiana. The suspicious person was parked in a elderly persons yard for an extended period of time, blocking her driveway, and creating a road hazard. Shortly after a Police Officer arrived in response to the call. The man began resisting and both the Officer and man went to the ground. A young woman (Kystie) standing nearby on her property ran to help the Officer. Kystie could see the Officer was loosing the fight as this man reached for the Officers gun. Fortunately for the Officer, Kystie was armed and shot the man one time which ended the fight.
Indiana State Police conducted the investigation, which was reviewed by the Dearborn County, Indiana Prosecutors Office, and the findings were that Kystie’s actions were deemed justified and no criminal charges were filed.
However, On April 6, 2018, Kystie received a summons ... regarding a wrongful death lawsuit for the assailant, J. Holland. Ohio County Superior Court Case No.:58C01-1802-CT-00001. The Officer involved was also named in the suit.
I am asking our community of citizens and law enforcement Officers to help in this legal battle. Attorney fees are an expense well beyond Kystie’s income and this will not be a quick process. The legal fees and emotional stress may drain every resource she has.
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This case is about more than the right or wrong of one party suing another. Imagine not being able to come to the aid of another person for fear of being sued, possibly to the point of bankruptcy. The case is about a person having the basic God-given right and the 2nd Amendment right to defend both yourself and others and without the fear of civil retribution.
There's more at the link, including the names of the lawyers involved and links to several more news articles about the incident. Please click over there and follow them for yourself.
Folks, this is a very worthy cause. Miss D. and I will be contributing, and I'd like to ask all my readers to please give what you can afford. If private citizens mus be afraid to help those who defend their safety and security against criminals, due to the risk of lawsuits, then soon we won't have public protectors at all - because they won't defend those who won't support them. Want proof of that? Just look at the impact the 'Ferguson Effect' is having on law enforcement all over the country.
Please circulate the news of this fund-raiser to your friends, and via your blogs or social media accounts if you have them.