Don't worry, the city will protect you
Strangely, NYC doesn't take that position in court. A madman kills four, NYPD manhunt follows. Two officers are in a subway cab when the madman enters the car, and they do nothing to stop him. He stabs a passenger right next to them, who in turn wrestles him down, at which point the NYPD folks finally emerge. Now he sues the city, and it of course argues that it has no legal duty to protect the citizenry.
If I remember correctly, the Police unions went out of there way several years ago to get a SCOTUS ruling that states Police are not required to defend anyone.
Posted by: james N. Gibson at February 12, 2013 12:51 AM
I'm not sure any police unions went "out of their way" or otherwise. SCOTUS has five (5) rulings on this - all of which say there is no duty owed to protect any specific individual.
http://gunssavelives.net/blog/supreme-court-ruling-police-have-no-duty-to-protect-the-general-public/# Warren v. DC was iirc merely the last in a string of decisions extending more than 30 years.
Posted by: skidmark at February 12, 2013 06:14 AM
Something is wrong with this story two cops on the subway? Nah can't happen they would never get out of their patrol car. I have seen them write a parking ticket without ever leaving the car or even opening the door.
Posted by: Rich at February 12, 2013 02:38 PM
They need to hire armed body guards for every citizen of NYNY. After all, we each have a right to an equal outcome, don't we, Mr. Mayor?
Posted by: teapartydoc at February 13, 2013 06:34 AM
The victim should have had a large Coke in his hand, and the police would have arrested him before he was stabbed.
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