If someone tries to rob you and they get killed, his fault, your fault, nobody’s fault — you shouldn’t be held legally responsible. The fact that this man is even being charged should cost people their jobs.
A robber attacked Washington D.C. tow truck driver, striking him in the head with a gun, but the driver successfully fought back — and now faces a murder charge.
The driver, 35-year-old Corey Stoddard, was approached by 22-year-old Kevin Lewis Crouch in a tow lot in northeast D.C. earlier this week. Crouch asked Stoddard about a green car. Stoddard replied that there was no green car in the lot, prompting Crouch to draw a gun and threaten him.
Stoddard attempted to run away, but tripped and fell. Crouch repeatedly struck him in the head with the gun, according to The Washington Post.
Finally, Stoddard flung his wallet toward a fence, and Crouch ran after it. While Crouch was distracted, Stoddard climbed into his tow truck and ran over his assailant. Crouch died from his injuries a few hours later.
Stoddard readily admitted these details to police.
He has now been charged with second-degree murder. Police rejected arguments that Stoddard was merely attempting to flee in his tow truck, or acting in self-defense.
Stoddard is free for now, but must wear an ankle monitor.
The robber had a gun. He hit Stoddard in the head with it. Whether Stoddard ran over him intentionally or, as he claims, was trying to get away doesn’t make a difference. A criminal with a gun is still a threat and a civilian who has been attacked by him should be given such wide latitude that it would be impossible to charge him with a crime under most circumstances. The police are absolutely wrong and the fact that they’re charging Stoddard with a crime is outrageous.
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