What NOT To Do When Your Neighbor's House is Being Burglarized...
From: Dr. Ignatius Piazza
What NOT To Do When Your Neighbor’s House is Being Burglarized...
Here is an intense, real life example of someone making several flagrant mistakes in their 911 call to report two men burglarizing a neighbor's home.
The 911 dispatcher does a fantastic job of counseling and advising the caller, but the situation escalates into the caller shooting and killing the two burglars as they left his neighbor's home.
The shooter's actions resulted in a firestorm of public outcry from all sides of the issue, forcing a Grand Jury to ultimately determine the fate of the shooter.
First, listen to the actual 911 call and then I will discuss the event and the actions of the shooter. You will need to turn up your speakers so you can make out all of the conversations.
Points to consider from this 911 call:
This situation is not looking good for the shooter, Joe Horn. In a place like San Francisco, California or Boston, Massachusetts or New York City, Joe would have been arrested and the District Attorney would have immediately filed criminal charges against him for manslaughter or worse.
However, Joe lives in the great state of Texas. Texans elect a different breed of public official and thus have a different set of laws than most states. Knowing that this case was going to polarize the community, especially along racial and socio-economic lines, the Grand Jury was asked to review the evidence to decide if charges should be filed or not.
Here is the ABC News story following the Grand Jury's decision.
Surprised at the verdict?
The only thing that kept Joe Horn from a prison yard full of the same type of people he shot was the interpretation by the Grand Jury of the law in Texas that allows use of deadly force to protect personal property. Most states do not have such a law, so don't expect to enjoy a similar outcome if you shoot two men in the back who burglarize your neighbor's house.
Here is a question for you… After all that Joe Horn has been through over 7 months — including the legal fees, sleepless nights, potential for a criminal manslaughter conviction and prison sentence, do you think he would do it again to protect a “bag of loot?”
THAT is the question you need to answer for yourself in advance or you could be in the same situation Joe Horn is in.
A good rule of thumb is: If it is not worth killing or dying for it probably isn't worth fighting (shooting) for.
Another good rule of thumb is: When you shoot for property or principle, it carries a VERY HIGH price tag.
As a personal note to Joe Horn:
Dr. Ignatius Piazza
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