What a difference a week makes! Last week police in New York City arrested 30-year-old Naeem Davis, naming him as the subway pusher in the death of 58-year-old Ki Suk Han. They let the world know that the alleged subway pusher showed no remorse. Fast forward to today, and Davis' lawyer says his client was justified in pushing Han in front of the oncoming Q train.
Could this be what happens when you lawyer up? The details suddenly change?
Video of Davis and Han had shown the two men arguing before the now infamous push, and witness reports to media have already shown the Queens man was apparently inebriated. And Stephen Pokart of Legal Aid is using all that to his client's advantage, painting the dead man as the aggressor, a bully of sorts who was bothering Davis. He even went so far as to admit his client was the subway pusher, but claimed it was an accident:
If he pushed to get him away from him, it may have been justified. Unfortunately, it appears that the push was too hard and he fell off the platform.
Considering we last heard that Davis was satisfied only to hear his victim's torso snap, it's a tale that's hard to believe.
Then again, Davis is a homeless man whose mental state is unknown. And the kindly officer providing shoes to a guy in Times Square aside, the dust-ups between the homeless population and police are legendary.
We are afforded the right to an attorney for a reason: because we aren't always good at defending ourselves. Maybe Naeem Davis is the monster he's been made out to be. Then again, maybe he just needed a good lawyer to help him clear this whole thing up.
We'll know soon enough. But the new spin the lawyer has put on the subway pushing is certainly food for thought.
What do you think? Is it possible that the subway pusher was in the right or is this just good lawyer speak?
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