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Old December 22, 2011, 12:05 AM   #6
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Several courts have ruled, over decades, that the police have a general duty to investigate crimes and protect the general public.

They do not have a legal responsibility to protect any specific individual. The motto of "protect and serve" is just that, a motto, not their legal responsibility.

IF you call the police, and they do not show up, you could sue, but it isn't going to go anywhere. If they do show up, and do not protect you, you might be able to sue the individual officers (dependant on the specific circumstances) but you can not sue the police dept.

Its been tried, and the courts have been uniform in this. Police have a duty to protect us, but not you, or I, as individuals.

At least, that's the way I understand it. IF I am in error, please, educate me.
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