Justified Homicides More Common for Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office
The Genesee County Prosecutor's office says they're seeing more and more cases of justified homicides. The most recent story is the one from yesterday, where a 16-year-old boy died after a homeowner shot him for trying to break into her home.
Prosecutor David Leyton will be reviewing this case next week to see if the homeowner did anything wrong, according to The Flint Journal. Leyton explains the process:
'"A person under threat while inside a building is not required by law to flee or warn before firing at a criminal, but imminent danger must be clear and the shooter cannot be committing a crime at the time in order for the homicide to be ruled justifiable.'"
Before this shooting, an incident happened at a Flint market where the store clerk shot someone who was trying to rob the store. The clerk is still waiting to hear from the prosecutor's office to see if he's going to be charged.
Leyton goes on to say how they figure out if a crime is justifiable:
'"Basically, if the individual has a reasonable belief that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or any other individual, then it's justified.'"
With all the layoffs in the Flint police department, people feel like they have to defend themselves because there aren't enough officers to respond to every incident. And you can't blame them for shooting someone who's trying to rob their store or break into their home. What is the s0lution if there is no money in the budget to rehire some police officers?