one rule for plebs, another for police

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one rule for plebs, another for police

Postby The utility cyclist » 1 Oct 2019, 7:04pm


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Re: one rule for plebs, another for police

Postby gaz » 1 Oct 2019, 8:07pm

Attempted murder requires proof of Mens Rea. The police feel and the CPS agree there is sufficient evidence to be able to prove the accused had set out on a course of action with intent to kill the officer concerned.

Dangerous driving is a crime of negligence, no requirement to prove intent. Either the police, CPS or probably both feel there is insufficient evidence to prove the accused had set out on a course of action with the intent of killing the cyclist.
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Re: one rule for plebs, another for police

Postby ossie » 1 Oct 2019, 8:10pm

The utility cyclist wrote:Attempted murder https://www.facebook.com/westmidlandspo ... =3&theater
Only 'dangerous driving' https://www.facebook.com/westmidlandspo ... 575276123/

Where's the difference? :twisted:


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Re: one rule for plebs, another for police

Postby pwa » 1 Oct 2019, 8:13pm

Morally, very little difference. Without knowing the details, I'd guess that the death of the police officer involved a collision or dragging that could have been avoided at the last moment, but wasn't, thus raising it from manslaughter to murder. The second was massive negligence and recklessness but presumably the offender was deemed not to have had a last moment choice. To me, and to you, both offenders should be behind bars for a very long time.