Police have no duty to protect me, or you, or anyone else.
Based on the headline of this article you might think this is an important new ruling, but it’s not. The court has kept this stance for over 30 years.
If you didn’t know this, now you do.
In a 4-3 decision, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals affirmed the trial courts’ dismissal of the complaints against the District of Columbia and individual members of the Metropolitan Police Department based on the public duty doctrine ruling that “[t]he duty to provide public services is owed to the public at large, and, absent a special relationship between the police and an individual, no specific legal duty exists”.
The Court thus adopted the trial court’s determination that no special relationship existed between the police and appellants, and therefore no specific legal duty existed between the police and the appellants.
The police are a crisis response unit, not the protector of the public.
The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that police officers at all levels of the government have no duty to protect the citizens of this country.
It is the job of police officers to investigate crimes and arrest criminals.
We are on our own for protection. Do you own a gun? You should. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
By the time the police arrive, the incident is long-since over, and a crime has been committed, possibly on your person.
So the question remains, do you own a gun? Are you prepared to defend yourself for the long minutes before the police arrive?
While we are quite sure most police officers will help someone in need when required, just remember the next time you feel you might need protection that police officers have no duty to provide that to you.
Don’t feel angry toward the police for this. The vast majority will put themselves in harm’s way to protect you, IF they are present when a crime is being committed.
The problem is, the vast majority of the time, the police are minutes away when seconds count.
As in ancient times, it is today. The person ultimately responsible for keeping you alive is quite simply, YOU.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
February 25th, 2018