Medal For A Killer Motorist ?

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Canary42 | 19:59 Tue 25th Jan 2022 | News
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In this case, not a bad idea.

A passing motorist spotted a woman being stabbed repeatedly and drove his car at the attacker to try to save the woman.

In doing so he killed the stabber, but unfortunately too late to save the woman who, sadly, also died.

Her family suggested a medal for the motorist, and while a medal is perhaps a little OTT, I can't really see why he shouldn't get some form of recognition. The police of course arrested him at the scene on suspicion of murder but later released him on bail until late February while they evaluate the evidence.

What do you think should happen to the motorist ?


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If the report is accurate, nothing should happen to him. I don't think a medal is necessary, but self-defence includes other people, while a crime is happening. Maybe they have to properly check it wasn't excessive force, but if someone is being stabbed, I don't think anything could be seen as excessive. Good for him.
21:52 Tue 25th Jan 2022
Absolutely no "reward". From what is known at this early stage, the driver has used excessive force. Had the attacker run in front of his car whilst he was driving it would present a different scenario altogether. The driver was not trying to execute a citizen's arrest but, imo, showed a cavalier response to the events happening in front of him. He may well have panicked, in fact that might explain why he drove over both the attacker and the victim.The driver had to be arrested and will be subject to a full police investigation and, no doubt, a court case in due time.
He will have the rest of his life to consider what he did.

Also in today's Daily Mail:
Had this been a terrorist attacking the woman we would be praising the driver’s action…. and he would probably get some sort of award, so firstly how is a driver to know, and secondly is one attacker more worthy of kid glove treatment than another? Strange situation.
Sky News are reporting that the driver has been released without charge
I would expect no less from the Met Police, tbh.
That's probably about right.

Tacit acknowledgement that he did what he felt was right at the time, even though it ended in tragedy - but no 'reward' for taking the law into his own hands, however laudable the reasons.

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