I have been informed several times in discussions that the police have no legal responsibility to risk their lives to protect the community. After the negligence of the Police in the recent Uvalde massacre I decided to look it up. It seems that they really don’t need to do anything. The Nevada Independent reports,
“According to the United States Supreme Court, however, officers are not legally obliged to risk their lives for the community they swore to protect — despite the way their department’s motto brags about their duty to “protect and serve.” Thankfully, it seems that most police officers take such a motto seriously and bravely put their life on the line to help others. However, such praiseworthy attitudes among many in law enforcement don’t erase the fact that no such legal duty exists — regardless of the fact that most citizens believe that is precisely what all those tax dollars are being spent to ensure.”The first line of the paragraph links you to another site called Mises Institute that backs this up. You can check it out if you want.
So they may be cowards. They may be incompetent. They may be lap dogs to supervisors with no right to be in charge. They should be unemployed. The one thing we can’t say is that they broke the law.
That in itself is a tragedy. That is something that needs to change.
homo unius libri