The Role of the Police Does Not Include Protecting Individuals By Charles Taylor (Florida)
I think the same decision applies to Australia as well. Namely, that courts have decided that the role of the police does not include a duty to protect ordinary people like you and me. Hence the failure to go into the school in Texas to deal with the shooter, and instead waiting outside for up to an hour, doing what – eating donuts? The role of the police, as seen in the Covid plandemic, is not to protect us, but to control us. Thus, the coppers at the Texas school readily handcuffed parents who were willing to go in unarmed to save their children, while waiting for the mass shooting to occur. The police are simply lower level agents of the Deep State.
“Police aren’t required to protect you. When shots ring out in a school, the law doesn’t demand police rush inside and confront the shooter, even if lives could be saved. There’s an expectation that they will — as the motto “To Protect and to Serve” suggests — and departments train and prepare to do so. But as the courts have found, there is no law to hold officers accountable if they don’t. The so-called “public duty doctrine” doesn’t apply to mass shootings only, but also a practically innumerable spectrum of possible scenarios, according to experts. The doctrine holds that “an individual has no duty to come to the aid of an individual,” and that principle extends to police officers. They have no more legal responsibility to save someone than an average citizen, in most circumstances. “What duty do police have to protect individual members of the public? The short answer is not much,” Phillip Lyons, dean of the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University, told McClatchy News.
“The Supreme Court said that there’s generally no duty that exists to protect individual members of the public,” Lyons said, though there are exceptions, such as when an individual is taken into police custody. But in the aftermath of the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas — where 19 officers waited outside a classroom for 50 minutes with the 18-year-old gunman inside — the ethical duty of police to respond and protect is being debated far and wide. The not-so-well-known public duty doctrine has been wielded by critics — particularly on social media — with some suggesting that it could have played a role in how police handled the situation.