Relentless Pursuit of Wisdom and Liberty

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Police as protectors?

An interesting take on the deplorable Supreme Court decision Castle Rock v. Gonzales cites a couple of court decisions that make it very clear that law enforcement has no legal or constitutional obligation to protect individual citizens from criminals:

local officials fell back upon a rich history of court decisions that found the police to have no constitutional obligation to protect individuals from private individuals. In 1856, the U.S. Supreme Court (South v. Maryland) found that law enforcement officers had no affirmative duty to provide such protection. In 1982 (Bowers v. DeVito), the Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit held, '...there is no Constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen.'

Later court decisions have concurred.
Yet another argument in opposition to the position of the victim disarmament lobby that individual citizens shouldn't be able to defend themselves with firearms.


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