Tuesday, July 30, 2013

If the police have "no special duty" to confront armed murderers in public, what is the point of having police?*

* the title to this post was in the comment section of ...



  1. Meh....old news down here:
    Warren v. District of Columbia[1] (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981) is an oft-quoted[2] District of Columbia Court of Appeals (equivalent to a state supreme court) case that held police do not have a duty to provide police services to individuals, even if a dispatcher promises help to be on the way, except when police develop a special duty to particular individuals.

    1. I'm sure a lot of people have no idea that they don't have a "duty" to help.

  2. No surprises. We have had instances of cowardice on my dept and nothing ever came of it. Those of us with balls shun them. Those transit cops ought to turn in their gun and badges for purses and dresses and find a job where they can't get someone killed.


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