By Robert Greenslade, © Nitwit Press
Opponents of the private ownership of firearms always claim there is no need for individuals to own a firearm for self-protection because the police are entrusted with that duty. Nothing could be further from the truth. Courts throughout these United States have consistently held that police have no legal duty to provide police protection to any individual citizen.
In 1981, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued a decision in a civil suit against the Metropolitan Police Department. In the syllabus, the Court wrote:
“[The] fact that police answered [the phone call for help] and arrived outside premises which were scene of burglary and assault did not give rise to special duty on part of police toward victims therein, and police officers were not answerable in damages for failing to ascertain that assaults were continuing upon victims therein, or for leaving premises without so ascertaining.”
The Court ruled that:
“[G]overnment and its agents are under no legal obligation to provide public services, such as police protection, to any particular citizen. The 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 duty exists.” [Cite for case: D.C. App., 444 A. 2nd 1, 1981]
On April 19, 1990, an Associated Press article entitled: “Woman can’t sue cops for failing to help,” stated:Details