Sat 28 Aug, 2021 06:56 pm
A citizen commits an illegal act. The police are called.
Later, the citizen is defended with the argument that he was having a "mental health issue."
If the citizen was having such an issue (whatever that term may mean), is he then not liable under the law?
Suppose the police officer commits an illegal act. Is he then not liable under the law?
Our legal system has long recognized that someone who is not mentally capable cannot be held accountable for crimes. That said, that defense almost never works. There is an extremely high bar to convince the jury that someone is not responsible for their actions. The same goes for police. If a policeman commits a crime in his role as a policeman, it's going to be very hard to say that he was having a mental breakdown.