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  •  Those cases arise in the context of someone (0+ / 0-)

    trying to hold the police liable for monetary damages for failing to prevent crime. That's a different question.

    Surely you don't think police should be required to commit certain suicide in the performance of their jobs?

    •  Are you a total idiot? (1+ / 0-)
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      Norm in Chicago

      OF COURSE they're suing for monetary damages.  Since apparently there is no law that police actually have to protect the people who are being raped, beaten, murdered, whatever, no CRIME was committed.  Monetary damages were the only remedy they had left.

      And this was far from being certain suicide.  They didn't even bother.

      Geesh.  Take a course in reading comprehension or logic before you sit down at a keyboard again.

      I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. -- Thomas Jefferson

      by nilajean on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 07:56:34 AM PST

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      •  Obviously, you have no familiarity with law (0+ / 0-)

        or law enforcement, other than what one can glean from a tv show.

        It must shock you very much that in real life, police cannot arrive on the scene and nab the bad guys every time.

        •  Sorry, wrong again (0+ / 0-)

          I've been a legal secretary for a couple of decades now, and my boss does a lot of criminal defense.  Not to mention that I was held up at gunpoint a couple of years ago in my own neighborhood.  No cops.  It hasn't been solved yet.

          Want to try for a third strike?

          I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. -- Thomas Jefferson

          by nilajean on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 08:09:59 PM PST

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        •  In both of the cases cited the police (0+ / 0-)

          did have the ability to arrive (and in one case did arrive) but did not protect civilians due to negligence, incompetence, or just a decision not to bother.

    •  You claim that the police have a responsibility (0+ / 0-)

      to protect civilians.

      Those cases arise in the context of someone
      trying to hold the police liable for monetary damages for failing to prevent crime.
      In these cases the police clearly did not protect civilians, they were sued, and the courts ruled that they had no obligation to protect civilians.

      So this seems to settle the issue in question.

      Surely you don't think police should be required to commit certain suicide in the performance of their jobs?
      Seems a nonsequitur.  Where did anyone suggest that?

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