Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Cops and Codependency Issues

I am the first to acknowledge that sometimes my lawyerness gets in the way of enjoying things.  I generally can't watch courtroom dramas or crime shows because I'll get disgusted at the inaccuracies of the portrayal of the legal system.  I think folks are confused enough about things without entertainment making things worse.

Case in point, Amazing Spider-Man #176:

What's Aunt May doing?  Well, it appears she's committing assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a police officer per New York State Section 120.11 of the New York Penal Code.

Heh... Penal Code. 

Depending on how you interpret the law, Aunt May could have just bought herself upwards of somewhere between 25 and 30 years in the slam.

Most restrained. Officer. Ever.

And no, having a heart attack during a felonious assault has nothing to do with the crime that was just committed. 

And then along comes Pete, who decides to commit an assault of his own:

Okay, everyone in this scenario who doesn't have a badge should be in handcuffs at this point.

Yeah, that'll happen.  I've represented more than one scenario where the whole family got involved.  The only "break" everyone usually gets is a free ride in a squad car to jail.

But not these guys.  This is the wimpiest police force I've ever seen:

Wow.  I'm all in favor of compassion from law enforcement and all that, but come on.  It's one thing to exercise restraint appropriate to the situation, but it's another thing to be boo-hooing about the perp who just gave herself a heart attack as she was assaulting you with a weapon.  Shenanigans!

In other words, don't do what Aunt May and Pete just did.  It will not end with the officers feeling all sorry for you.

See you tomorrow!


Gene Phillips said...

Yeah, I'd agree with you here.

I'm not a big fan of the "what about the children" argument, but since Spidey was a favorite comic of many an elementary-school kid, it seems pretty screwy to present to those readers a scenario that says, "It's OK to try barging into people's offices whenever you please, as long as you think you have a good cause."

To say nothing of all the real-world consequences for so doing.

I think it's legit sometimes to have heroes go against accepted morality, but it ought to be for a pretty damn good reason, not this pointless grandstanding.

Aaron Carine said...

I barged into Jeb Bradley's office for what I thought was a good cause.
There were consequences,certainly.