The case of David Mark Clark (Left.) gets more bizarre as it unfolds.
Clark is the 39 year old driver of an SUV who it is alleged went on a rampage in San Francisco and deliberately ran down four cyclists over the span of about six minutes.
This event happened around 10pm. on Wednesday evening, 2nd June. Clark crashed the SUV after hitting the fourth cyclist and ran away; he later reported the vehicle stolen, which turned out to be a lie.
He was subsequently charged with four counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon (to wit: a car), and three counts of battery causing serious injury.
I am glad in this case the prosecutors have got it right; when a person deliberately drives at cyclists in this manner, he is intending to kill. It is only by a twist of good fortune that no one was killed, although three were injured, two seriously.
David Mark Clark is a self-proclaimed Spiritual Healer. On a web site he described himself as:
A Reiki Master, Priest in the Order of Melchezidek, and Crystal therapist. After an energetic awakening in 2006, David has committed his life to the service of others through healing.
If his background is not strange enough, what I am finding more bizarre is because of his "Spirituality" people are coming to Clark’s defense, and asking people to show compassion. On this blog, one commenter said:
Please do not treat him (Clark.) like a monster. Whether he is guilty or not, it is the car culture we should be obsessively exposing. We should not be harassing fellow victims of this crazy society. Sure, he’s weird. I think he’s crazy. But nobody deserves to be treated like a monster, regardless of his sanity and regardless of his innocence or guilt.
Love and compassion for all those less fortunate than ourselves would be a good thing for this world…it’s the difference between humans and animals. I find it hard to believe that someone who has wanted to help heal others for the past 4 years could be in a ‘normal’ mental/emotional state to run people over.
David Mark Clark set himself up as a “Healer,” and apparently charged $85 an hour for his services. It is not like he was healing people for free, or running some charity; and even if he was, why should that excuse him from an act of extreme poor judgment?
I was always taught there are consequences to our actions. If we choose a course like Clark did, there are consequences.
David Clark has already tried to relieve himself of the responsibility of his actions by lying to the police and saying his car was stolen; if he tries the insanity plea and gets away with this, I for one will be extremely pissed.
If he faces the consequences, pleads guilty, shows remorse for what he has done, and takes his jail time like a man; if he does that, then maybe I’ll show compassion.
Until then my compassion is all for the victims of this attack. I wish them a speedy recovery