Byond Account: SinfulBliss Character Name(s): Axle Brady Discord Name (ie: Name#1234): TreyJ#0265 Round ID of Ban: 15374 Ban Message (Gyazo/imgur or copy and paste):
State your appeal:
Kudzu was taking over the station and overwhelming it. Multiple people were wounded, delimbed, and/or dead directly because of the exploding kudzu which was quickly spreading throughout the station and blocking both medbay and evac. I was chopping down the kudzu with my combat knife as fast as possible when a clown comes in and declares himself “defender of the forest.” He repeatedly blocks me, attacks me, and shoves me to prevent me from attacking the kudzu. I attempted to shoo him away nonharmfully for a while before eventually realizing he was not going to leave. The assault is something I could have brigged him for to begin with, but seeing as there was kudzu spreading rapidly and seeing as I was one of very few people helping to chop it down, that seemed like a bad idea.
In light of the situation I used lethals to get him to leave the area. I chased him away and then went back to fighting the kudzu, at which point I was bwoinked for my usage of lethals. I believe I was within my right to use lethals here, because it fits under the “criminals in a hostile environment” rule, as well as the “Code Red Situation” rule, which are explicitly there to allow officers to use lethals in situations where nonlethals are impractical. Bringing the clown to brig and processing them, which also I believe was blocked off by kudzu, would have let the kudzu grow unhindered for 5 minutes. As a proof of concept, after I finally chased off the clown and finished responding to the bwoink, in that time alone the kudzu grew to a point that was essentially unstoppable and became a lost cause. The shuttle came shortly after, but I mention this just to make the point that the threat was dire and threatened station integrity, so I considered it a situation that warranted Code Red. According to the spacelaw page, deadly force is permitted in those situations.
The admin agreed that what the clown did was ahelpable, and that I should have ahelped it as opposed to responding with lethals. I thought what the clown was doing is exactly what a clown might do in that situation - make a funny joke out of a harsh situation. I wouldn’t have felt right ahelping that, so that is why I chose to handle it IC. I don’t even think the clown ahelped. I have read many, many times the rules for using lethals as sec, and I am almost certain my actions here were prudent because of the circumstance.
The ban is listed as being for “using lethal shotgun shells without authorization.” Sec does not need explicit authorization to use lethals; authorization is only required to execute with lethals. Using lethals as sec is allowed but only if it fits under the “use of deadly force” clauses, which this situation clearly does.