Armed Citizen Corner: Is it Legal to Use Your Vehicle As A Weapon When Confronted With Rioters?

Protesters climb atop a car stopped in traffic as a crowd marches near the venue where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was speaking during a rally in San Jose, California on June 2, 2016. Protesters who oppose Donald Trump scuffled with his supporters on June 2 as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee held a rally in California, with fistfights erupting and one supporter hit with an egg. / AFP / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Analysis: Is it Lawful Self-Defense to “Run Down” Rioters Surrounding Your Vehicle?

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A great topic to cover seeing how race riots may be visiting towns and cities across this Nation very soon.

Bottom line, if possible, get the incident on video. Cops, judges and juries LOVE video.

I had a friend who went through a similar situation a while back.

Drunk college kids were celebrating downtown after a Basketball game. The celebration turned into a full-scale looting riot and the Police were caught off-guard. My friend was just trying to get back home after going to the market to get pampers for his new baby. Several kids blocked the road and refused to move and then some started throwing beer bottles against his car. My friend started filming the whole thing with his cell phone. After a couple of minutes he started being in fear for his life when a larger crowd appeared and started rocking his car back and forth trying to tip it over.

At that moment, self-preservation kicked into high gear. He accelerated through the crowd blocking his path, running over a total of 4 to 5 people. Of course the idiots got his plate number and called the cops. My fiend in turn also filed charges.

Long story short, with a good lawyer armed with that cell phone footage, charges against my friend were dismissed by a judge. The judge said “That any reasonable person would do the same to protect their life when surrounded by inebriated hooligans…these idiots got off easy with JUST broken bones.”

From my friend’s cell phone video combined with Street CCTV, they were able to Prosecute around 15 people. They went after the four that were attacking my friend’s car with Felony Assault Charges and last I heard from my friend, they all got convicted.

My buddy’s lawyer later said that without the cell phone footage the case may not have went as well… but him recording it showed responsibility and rational thinking to the judge.

Food for thought gents.

 

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

4 thoughts on “Armed Citizen Corner: Is it Legal to Use Your Vehicle As A Weapon When Confronted With Rioters?

    • Exactly.
      In a Fight, a vehicle is both COVER and a WEAPON combined.
      As an old Gunny once said “In a street fight, That Vertical pedal on the floorboard is like the trigger on a .50 cal Ma Deuce…Press that F_cker Down!”

    • Yep. I am with you GP.
      What is happening now with these riots is they are forcing people to make decisions like this.
      It is Stupid, but it is something we need to be aware of and prepared to do.

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