A Manhattan Supreme Court Justice ruled Thursday that the City of New York has no legal duty to protect citizens, even if armed police officers are nearby, see a violent crime in progress, and choose to hide in order to save their own skins instead of responding, The Gothamist reported late last week.
“[T]wo transit officers had locked themselves in a motorman’s car only a few feet from him at the time of the attack,” the report informed readers, recalling the case where rampaging slasher Maksim Gelman “stabbed passenger Joseph Lozito in the face, neck, hands and head on an uptown 3 train in February 2011, after fatally stabbing four people and injuring three others in a 28-hour period.
“The city, meanwhile, claimed that the NYPD had no ‘special duty’ to intervene at the time, and that they were in the motorman’s car because they believed Gelman had a gun,” the report continued, revealing “Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chan has sided with the city, noting that there was no evidence the cops were aware Lozito was in danger at the time.”
What an excuse. They damn sure knew everybody not locked in with them was in mortal danger.
Not that aversion to doing the job he is paid for stopped Officer Terrance Howell from claiming the collar as his, once the danger was neutralized after Lozito, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound “mixed martial arts fan” had pinned Gelman down.
It’s no surprise to Gun Rights Examiner readers that police have no duty to protect citizens. This column and the War on Guns blog have referred over the years to a highly-enlightening book by attorney Richard Stevens, “Dial 911 and Die,” which documents cases proving just that, and not just in New York, but throughout the states.
It should not go unnoticed that an “ordinary citizen” stands no chance of getting a concealed carry permit in the Big Apple, and that the “Only Ones” sanctioned to have guns in this case hid like cowards to protect themselves, not the disarmed-by-law people paying them under the foolish fiction that the job of the police is to serve and protect.
What if the slasher did have a gun? Who else would have been on-scene equipped to do anything about it?
This is the contemptible state of affairs that Mayor Bloomberg, protected around the clock by a taxpayer-funded armed security detail, would impose on us all.
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